A price war looms as Dublin supermarkets open for business after a ten day strike.
A pay dispute involving 2,500 supermarket staff closed 60 Dublin branches of Superquinn, Quinnsworth, H Williams and Tesco. The four supermarket groups lost between £12-15 million worth of business per day during the 10 day strike.
Following talks, the strike is resolved. To prepare for reopening to customers, staff in some stores work throughout the night to restock empty shelves. It will take suppliers four days to catch up on deliveries.
There is still a shortage of eggs and some meats including lamb and pork.
There is speculation that a price war aimed at winning back customers will result from the strike. But only Superquinn is fighting for business. Tesco is waiting for customer reaction before altering any of their prices. Quinnsworth say business is as normal and the H Williams group do not envisage any dramatic price cuts.
Director of the Food, Drink and Tobacco Federation Paddy Jordan believes a price war is almost inevitable in the coming weeks. The whole supermarket business model is based on market share and competition for market share,
Because one of the supermarkets remained open for the full duration of the strike, the others were closed, they will inevitably get into price cutting to get their market share back.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 April 1982. The reporter is Mary Fanning.