Bus services in Dublin are disrupted when a former bus driver mounts a one man picket.

Without any warning, a one man picket staged by Larry Reid, a former Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) employee outside Clontarf garage deprives thousands of Dubliners of a bus service.

At one stage during the morning rush hour just 18 of 95 buses were running from the garage as more than 150 employees were refusing to pass the picket. Later in the day a number buses were running up to one hour late.

Five weeks previously, Larry Reid was dismissed by CIÉ after internal disciplinary measures during which all appeal procedures were exhausted.

Larry Reid claims he was wrongfully dismissed and many of his former colleagues appear to back him. The Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU) believe all means of appeal have been used and do not back his action. The chaos caused by a one man picket is in breach of all official union and congress procedures.

Larry Reid plans to keep his picket going until the company agree to take his case to the Labour Court, or an independent body. It is feared such independent action will,

Strengthen the hand of those organised employers who want a complete change in the protection which the law gives to the man who carries a placard.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 September 1977. The reporter is Pat Sweeney.