Fearghal O'Connor: The 5 stages of Bus Éireann’s grief

Industrial disputes generally pass through a number of distinct and predictable phases

15th February, 2017

1) Denial

Financial losses may have been mounting at Bus Éireann but there was no appetite to confront the issues until crisis was already at hand. The cold reality that losses had topped €9 million last year and that over 500 redundancies could result from a closure of Expressway, focused minds.

Yes, there had been previous cost-cutting but it was only in recent months that the reality of potential insolvency hit home as leaner,...

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