A strike at Donnybrook bus depot hits commuters in the south and south-east areas of Dublin.
Workers began their picket at Donnybrook garage at 8.00 am and no buses have left the depot since. The dispute is over a change to a driver only operation.
Dublin bus wants to convert the 45A route between Dun Laoghaire and Bray to a one-man bus and the company say that all 24 workers on this route have agreed to the change, with the exception of one driver who is on sick leave. He has been on sick leave since February and is unlikely to resume his position in the near future. The Bus Worker's Union, however, says that every single worker must agree to any changes in routes. In this context, the Bus Worker's Union feels it is justified in this dispute even if it disrupts thousands of commuters.
Tom Darby of the Bus Workers Union justifies the strike on the back of a labour court recommendation.
He has the right to stay as a two-person operator.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 November 1987. The reporter is Joe O'Brien.