High Court in Dublin halts strike plans of Ryanair’s Irish pilots

Dublin High Court granted an injunction yesterday, preventing planned strike action by Irish pilots who are members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA). The injunction was sought by Ryanair against Fórsa union, which is the parent union of IALPA, in order to prevent pilots from carrying out a 48-hour strike on 22nd and 23rd August.

Around 180 members of the Irish pilots’ union voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions and were due to commence strike action at midnight on Wednesday 21st.

After a two day hearing in the High Court, Ryanair’s legal counsel were able to successfully stop the strike after putting forward the argument that the correct process had not been followed and, furthermore, that the action would be in breach of an agreement made last year between the airline and the union. This agreement set out that any matters of dispute between the two sides must be referred to an independent mediator before industrial action can take place. The union maintains that the current pay issue is not covered by the 2018 agreement and that the strike was organised lawfully and according to union rules.

Ryanair welcomed the ruling. This decision highlights that strike action should always be the last resort and  is a reminder to Unions that they need to ensure that they have exhausted all other options prior to calling for strike action.