19 AUGUST 2019


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Article from BTNews 19 AUGUST 2019

Ryanair injunction decision today

In a last-minute twist to the industrial troubles at Ryanair, an application by the airline for an injunction to stop some of its Irish-based pilots going on strike from Thursday is due to be heard this morning, Monday.

Nearly 200 directly-employed Ryanair pilots based in Ireland, who are members of the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA), were due to strike for 48hr from midnight on 22 August.

IALPA had served notice on the airline last week, confirming the dates of 22-23 August and saying it would give notification of further strike days in due course. Ryanair dismissed the Irish pilots' pay claims as 'unrealistic and unimplementable', and argued they amount to a 101% pay increase.

British pilots employed by the airline were also due to stop work on 22-23 August and have also set three dates in September in the continuing dispute over pay and conditions.

Before applying for the injunction, Ryanair chief people officer Eddie Wilson said it expected “minimal cancellations”, with affected passengers flying out at different times if the pilots went ahead with the strike.

In a message to passengers, he said: “Our hope is we’re going to cover the majority of the operation both in the UK and Ireland, and unless you hear from us, your flight is going ahead as normal.”



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