Ryanair wins High Court injunction preventing pilots going on strike

by Padraig Conlon
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Ryanair has been granted an injunction in the High Court preventing its Irish-based pilots from going on strike tomorrow and Friday.

Mr Justice Denis McDonald said in his ruling this morning he was satisfied that Ryanair DAC was entitled to orders against Forsa, which is the parent union of IALPA, preventing the pilots from striking for 48 hours starting on midnight on August 22nd.

During the High Court hearings, which last two days, the airline argued a strike would be a breach of an agreement put in place following a series of strikes at Ryanair last year.

It requires matters of dispute between the two sides be referred to an independent mediator and to go through a dispute resolutions process before industrial action can take place.

Ryanair also claimed that the secret ballot that led to the vote in favour of industrial action was unlawful.

However the union denied this and told the court it had been conducted according to union rules and the law.

It also claimed that its current pay claim is not covered by the terms of the 2018 agreement.

In a statement, Ryanair welcomed the High Court ruling and called on Fórsa and IALPA pilots to return to mediation under Kieran Mulvey to resolve the dispute.

They also said all Ryaniar flights scheduled to depart on 22 and 23 August will operate as normal.

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