Retail Excellence: Bus Eireann strike hurting businesses and workers
Retail Excellence has spoken out to call for a swift end to the Bus Eireann strike, as retailers and rail workers are being drastically impacted by the ongoing industrial action.
7 April 2017
Retail Excellence has called on both sides in the Bus Eireann strike action to move towards a swift resolution, citing the drastic impact it is having on businesses across Ireland.
As slow progress is made in talks between the company and its drivers over the action which began on 24 March, Lorraine Higgins, head of Retail Excellence has pointed to the drastic decrease in footfall in local town centres around Ireland as a result of the halting of many people’s main form of public transport.
“The strike has caused widespread travel disruption nationwide,” said Higgins, “and consequently has decimated footfall in our town centres. When you consider that there are no Bus Éireann services for 15 days now it is clear the upheaval is huge and the damage is unquantifiable”.
Higgins said that Retail Excellence has been fielding calls from exasperated retailers across Ireland, informing of the impact the strike is having on their business. “One Cork retailer on one of the city’s business shopping streets informed us that he interacted with just one customer over the course of a full day earlier this week,” Higgins said. “It is clear that retail sales activity is being hammered.
“This is an unsustainable situation and direct intervention is needed as a matter of urgency,” Higgins added. “Retailers and the workers are the collateral damage in this dispute which is costing everyone in the industry.”