Ryanair Loses Court Bid to Block British Pilots Strike

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 August 2019
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DSC_0528Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair lost its bid in Britain’s High Court of Justice to block U.K. pilots from striking on Thursday and Friday.

The case was heard by Mrs. Justice Lambert hours before the industrial action by members of the British Airline Pilots Association was due to start.  The pilots are in a dispute with the airline over pay and working conditions.

“Ryanair applied today to the London High Court for an injunction to prevent this unjustified strike by a small number of pilots going ahead during the last week of the UK school holidays,” the airline said in a statement.

The union took issue with the airline’s attempt to use the courts to settle the dispute versus the negotiating table.

The airline, the union said in a statement, “was foolish to bring this into the High Court rather than the negotiating room.“

“We offered to meet Ryanair management at Acas to negotiate a resolution, but instead they attempted a legal bludgeon.  That backfired,”” said union secretary Brian Strutton.

Ryanair, in a statement on its website, said it will operate “a full U.K. schedule” on Thursday and Friday, despite the planned walkout.

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