Legal action by Ryanair to prevent Irish pilots’ strike

epa07440050 A Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS at Riga International Airport, Latvia 15 March 2019. EPA-EFE/TOMS KALNINS

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On Monday the High Court in Dublin will hear an application by Ryanair aimed at securing an order preventing industrial action by some of its Irish based pilots later this week.

Around 180 pilots who are members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association are due to stop work for 48 hours just after midnight on Thursday in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Last Friday, Ryanair secured permission to bring an application for an injunction against IALPA’s parent union Fórsa stopping the industrial action from proceeding.

Counsel for Ryanair told the High Court that the trade union had not allowed a mediation process to be completed before serving the notice of strike action.

Ryanair is facing industrial unrest on a number of fronts at present, with British based pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association also due to strike on the same two days this week and for three days next month, members of Ryanair’s Portuguese cabin crew trade union are also set to go on strike for five days from 21 August in a dispute over and Ryanair cabin crew in Spain have also announced plans to hold 10 days of strikes in September.


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