Dublin Bus Strike Causes 40% Drop in Retail Sales

EXHIBITION : STRIKES, PICKETS AND PROTESTS

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A 9-week bus strike in 1974 resulted in huge losses to the clothing and footwear industries.

  • Title
    CIÉ and Unions Meet to Solve City Bus Strike
  • 1st Broadcast
    08/10/1974
  • Contributor
    Pat Sweeney (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:02
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Dublin Bus Strike Causes 40% Drop in Retail Sales
  • Extended description

    A Dublin bus strike left passengers without a service for 9 weeks in the summer of 1974. The dispute centred on the terms and conditions of a 5 day week for drivers. This was settled with a new arrangement on 5 and 6 day weeks, which didn’t please everyone, leading to another strike in October of that year. 

    RTÉ News reports on latest developments on 8 October 1974. Industrial correspondent Pat Sweeney talks to Stella Nyham of the Apparel Industry Federation and Douglas Thornton of the footwear industry. In an era before out-of-town shopping malls and with no alternative form of public transport, these industry representatives are very concerned about the effects of the bus strike on retail.  Stella Nyham says some 40-50% of clothing sales are in Dublin and fears that workers will have to be laid off if the strike continues. Douglas Thornton says that retail sales fell about 40% during the last strike.

    This second bus strike lasted for 3 days and ended with the negotiation of a rostering system.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report by Pat Sweeney on 8 October 1974.

  • Local keywords
    Industrial disputes, Bus strike, CIÉ, Dublin Bus, Working hours, Stella Nyham, Apparel Industry Federation, Clothing industry, Fashion industry, Footwear industry, Retail, Douglas Thornton
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1974
  • Country of production
    Ireland
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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