The Dunnes Stores strike began on 19 July 1984 when 21-year-old check-out operator Mary Manning was suspended for refusing to handle South African grapefruit.
Nine of her colleagues walked out in support of her that day, beginning a strike that would last for two years and nine months. The more the strikers learned about life in South Africa, the more determined they became not to give in.
Refusing to handle South African goods.
RTÉ News explains the background to the apartheid regime in South Africa as a background to the Dunnes Stores strike. The report shows the shanty conditions in the townships where 3.5 million black South Africans have been forced to live. Mary Manning and her shop steward Karen Gearon are on the picket line outside the Henry Street branch of Dunnes Stores in Dublin. Anthony Bolger, a shopkeeper who refuses to stock South African goods, admires them, but they do not get the same sympathy from the Moore Street traders.
An RTÉ News report from 23 October 1984. The reporter is Maggie O'Kane.