AS city retailers face a third weekend of decreased footfall, the Cork Business Association (CBA) has warned of shop closures and job losses if the bus strike rumbles on.
Talks between unions and Bus Éireann aimed at solving their dispute at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) show no sign of a breakthrough, despite continuing today.
“The last two weeks have had a serious impact on trade. We've heard figures between 25 and 50% in the effect it's having on footfall,” said Lawrence Owens, chief executive of the CBA.
“It's building up each day because some of these business can only last so long and you've got a lot of small indigenous businesses which are two-to-five-person operations. The clock is always ticking. The rent, rates, insurance and staff costs — they all have to be paid.