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Dublin city businesses experience a loss in sales as strike action continues

  • Mon 26 September, 2016
The latest round of strike action by Dublin Bus at the weekend (Friday September 23 and Saturday September 24, 2016) saw a decrease in footfall and sales for city businesses.

DublinTown footfall figures show the city was down by 9% on Friday and 16% on Saturday. Results from a survey conducted by the organisation showed 90% of traders noted a reduction in their takings. The most common figure being a reduction in the region of 30% of sales. 15% of traders stated that their sales were down by over 50%.

We believe this level of sales reduction is unsustainable for many businesses in the city.  Already one-third of businesses are actively considering their opening hours due to the impacts of the bus strike.

Richard Guiney commented:

We are pleased to see a return of the parties to the WRC (Workplace Relations Commission) and hope that progress will be made in addressing the outstanding issues between the parties.  City centre traders will be nervously awaiting the outcome of the talks.  A prolonged strike particularly one that stretches into the Christmas period could prove too much for many businesses. Traders in DublinTown look forward the return of an uninterrupted bus service.