Gerry Adams visits Vita Cortex workers
Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD this morning visited the Vita Cortex workers in Cork who are 84 days on their sit-in at the factory.
The Sinn Féin leader was there to extend his solidarity and support to the workers who gave him a tour of the factory and outlined the background to the occupation.
Speaking afterward Teachta Adams said:
“It is shameful the way the Vita Cortex workers are being treated and what they and their families are going through to get what are modest entitlements.
“At the same time, it's very uplifting to see the spirit of the workers and to know that they have significant support here in Cork, across the island and abroad.
“Sinn Féin will do our best to assist the workforce in any way we can to ensure that this dispute is settled on terms acceptable to them.
“The owner, Jack Ronan, is behaving in a most unpatriotic way. He should honour his pledge to these workers. I don't begrudge him his wealth but it was created by people like those who are in occupation of the Vita Cortex factory. And they deserve their rights and entitlements.
“I think it is equally important that what is happening here never happens again to any other workforce and it is very clear that there is not sufficient legislative protection for workers in this state.
“While Sinn Féin TDs, Jonathan O’Brien and Peadar Toibín are looking at bringing in legislation really this is a matter for the government. And we intend to press them on that.”