Low cost airline Ryanair has argued in Dublin’s High Court that the pilots who balloted for strike action was unlawful.
Ryanair are looking to seek an injunction against Forsa, the parent union of Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) to prevent a 48-hour strike from midnight this Thursday.
Justice Denis McDonald started to hear arguments on Monday from Ryanair’s legal team Martin Hayden SC.
The low-cost airline claims that an agreement reached and signed in 2018 would be a breach of that “binding agreement.”
Hayden said the strike will affect many of Ryanair’s customers and the company.
He said, “If I could say this, this is ultimately a pay request … that the go-to moment is a strike, it’s a disproportionate response.”
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said that Ryanair has wasted time with unnecessary court action” and that they had lost their chance to resolve the pay dispute.
On Wednesday the airline are to seek a High Court injunction in London to prevent strike action by UK pilots.