Workers at Apple's plant in Cork have won a 13 per cent pay rise - despite the company's existing two-year long pay freeze, reports the Irish Examiner.

The workers - who belong to Eire's SIPTU union - have also won a lump sum of 200 Euros, an extra 600 Euros bonus - in addition to the company's annual 600 Euro Christmas 'partnership bonus' - and an additional 600 Euro bonus in July.

The deal affects one in four workers at the plant. It is not known if it will be extended to the majority of non-unionized workers Apple employs there.

Apple began a global pay freeze, rather than lay off staff, in October 2001. It is up for review in July, the report claims.