Ryanair successful in battle to prevent 48-hour bank holiday strikes

Darren Wood
By Darren Wood August 21, 2019 15:02

Ryanair successful in battle to prevent 48-hour bank holiday strikes

Ryanair has been successful in its bid to prevent a 48-hour strike by pilots after the Irish High Court ruled in its favour.

The airline says it expects flights from Ireland to operate as normal on 24 and 25 August.

Ryanair has been accused of missing the chance to resolve its pay dispute with pilots by seeking last-minute high court injunctions the day before the start of strikes. 

A statement released on Twitter read:

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) has accused Ryanair of using “bullying tactics” and wasting time by seeking to block the strike action instead of pursuing talks with pilots.

Brian Strutton, Balpa’s general secretary, 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 that all the time that could have been used to try to find a resolution will have been spent preparing for court action.”

Earlier this month, Forsa members voted in favour of strike action, to which Ryanair offered its “disappointment”

Trade union Forsa said the action was backed by 94% of the 180 directly-employed pilots eligible to vote.

Darren Wood
By Darren Wood August 21, 2019 15:02