Gardaí Come Down With the ‘Blue Flu’

EXHIBITION : STRIKES, PICKETS AND PROTESTS

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As Gardaí are not permitted to strike, they express their dissatisfaction with pay by calling in sick.

  • Title
    Protesting Gardaí Go Sick in Pay Dispute
  • 1st Broadcast
    01/05/1998
  • Contributor
    Paul Reynolds (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:04
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Gardaí Come Down With the ‘Blue Flu’
  • Extended description

    5,000 members of the force called in sick on a day that will be remembered as 'the blue flu'. 68% of the force in Dublin and as much as 100% in other parts of the country didn't show up for work. As Gardaí are not permitted to strike, they were expressing their dissatisfaction with pay by calling in sick in the first work stoppage in the history of the Garda Síochána.


    Paul Reynolds reports for RTÉ News on 1 May 1998. As part of a contingency plan, the army is on standby, some stations are closed and some court sittings cancelled. Garda Headquarters says that it sympathises with its members, but is disappointed by the level of support for the protest.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report by Paul Reynolds on 1 May 1998.

  • Local keywords
    Industrial disputes, Protests, Blue flu, Gardaí, An Garda Síochána, Garda Headquarters
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1998
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN98/121
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • 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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