Family is what keeps us fighting: thoughts from day 12 of the sit-in

So here we are on day twelve. We have been sitting around the office here the last few days watching the messages of support flood in on Facebook and have been truly touched and motivated to continue this fight. One of the most moving messages was from Marguerite O Flaherty whose father Tadgh Hassett was a well loved worker here in the 70s and 80s. He died while still employed here and Marguerite remembers fondly the support she and her siblings received from his colleagues and friends in Cortex after his death, including gifts on the first Christmas after his death. It struck me how like a family the workers were then, just like we are now. We have been to each others weddings, children’s weddings, christenings and events over the years. I remember the Cortex contingent spending the night on the dance floor with my family at my 50th birthday. The Cortex girls even presented me with a mug and a t-shirt with a picture of themselves on it as a gift! The relationships and care that the Cortex family have for each other has not changed over the years since Tadgh’s day. In fact retired/ former workers like Jim Kenneally, Eleanor Murphy, Eoin Newman, Tom Daly, Dan McSweeney and Marta Dennehy, to name but a few, come in daily to lend support, bring food (and old videos and photos in Jim’s case) and stand with us.

Greg Marshall at his 50th birthday party

We sat here like a family for the last 12 days looking out for each other, we celebrated Christmas mass together with our extended families. Our partners, children and grandchildren have visited us every day and we had a family Christmas in the strangest of circumstances. When Amy and Chloe were born yesterday we rejoiced like a family, because that is what we are, a family. Even more importantly we are doing this for our extended families and that, along with the ongoing support from the public is what keeps us fighting.

Greg Marshall is one of 32 workers on the sit-in at the Vita Cortex Factory, Kinsale Rd, Cork.

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Welcome to our campaign protest blog. Here, we intend to post articles written by the workers about their personal experiences during the sit-in. We hope that this site will help to spread the word about the reasons behind our campaign. We also hope that the blog will provide another way for people to engage with us and get to know us a bit better.

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Christmas Message From The Former Vita Cortex Workers On Sit-In Protest

We would like to send Christmas greetings to all, especially those who have supported our cause over the last two weeks. It has been a great source of strength to us to know that people from all over Ireland and further afield are so supportive of our action.We remain committed to our current course of action until we achieve a jus…t settlement. At this time of the year it is hard to beaway from your loved ones but we feel that we are standing up for our families It is with humble respect for the overwhelming support shown by you “the ordinary members of the public” that we wish you from the bottom of ourhearts a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. May you and your loved ones enjoy thiswonderful day with hope for a better future from all of us at VITA CORTEX

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