Irish court blocks Ryanair strike; Portugal action underway

Daniel Fowler
August 21, 2019

"Ryanair welcomes this morning's Irish High Court ruling to prevent a small minority of Irish pilots striking on Thurs 22 & Fr 23 August, which will comes as a huge relief to thousands of Irish passengers and their families during the last week of the school holidays". A further strike is planned for 2- 4 September.

"Their attempt to block lawful strike action is just another demonstration of the bullying tactics the airline appears to favour".

In the British case, a majority of unionised pilots had voted by four to one for the strike at one of the busiest times of the year in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Belgium's CNE and ACV PULS trade unions have told members not to comply with a Ryanair request to staff flights affected by a planned strike by Portuguese crew from today, a letter sent to the airline seen by Reuters showed.

"Ryanair pilots in the United Kingdom have a serious dispute with their company which will not be resolved by raising legal technicalities in the high court", said Brian Strutton, Balpa's general secretary.

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Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal began a walkout on Wednesday as counterparts in Spain announced 10 days of strikes - but a separate stoppage by Ireland-based pilots has been blocked by court action.

He had asked if passengers would receive compensation, and should be told "exactly where they stand".

Ryanair Holdings PLC (LON:RYA) is seeking a High Court injunction to block strike action by its United Kingdom pilots later this week. It means all the time that could have been used to try to find a resolution will now be spent preparing for the court action.

Ryanair has pointed to falling airfares and profits as well as the fact that its pilots' pay is "already 20% ahead" of salaries offered by its competitors. "But it's a risky gambit that would have already eroded the good will Ryanair had fostered with staff after recognising unions a year ago", she said.

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