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Ryanair launches High Court action to halt UK pilot strikes

by LLB Reporter
21st Aug 19 9:08 am

An application made by Ryanair for an injunction to prevent UK pilots from Striking is to be heard by a High Court judge on Wednesday.

Earlier this week the union said that because Ryanair “has wasted time with unnecessary court action, their chance to resolve the dispute involving their pilots has been lost”.

They added, “Instead Ryanair is relying on legal technicalities to try to persuade the High Court to block the strike.

“Ryanair is seeking a High Court injunction on Wednesday to stop strike action by UK Ryanair pilots, due to take place on Thursday and Friday this week, with a second round of dates in September.”

Ryanair said in a statement on Tuesday, “Balpa, who represent a small number of highly paid UK pilots should not be disrupting the return holiday flights of UK families later this week when Ryanair Captains already earn £180,000 p.a and are now seeking unjustified pay increases of between 65% to 121%.”

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said, “Ryanair pilots in the UK have a serious dispute with their company which will not be resolved by raising legal technicalities in the High Court.

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

“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.

“It’s also worrying to see Ryanair continue to sell tickets for strike days – are they prepared to offer compensation to passengers if they are affected?

“I think they should tell passengers exactly where they stand.”

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