Ryanair pilots to strike after airline loses court battle


Ryanair has lost a High Court bid to block strike action by its UK pilots just hours after winning a similar legal move in Dublin.

A judge sitting in London on Wednesday rejected an urgent application by the airline for an injunction against the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa).

The decision by Mrs Justice Lambert came after Ryanair succeeded at the High Court in Dublin earlier on Wednesday in its bid to prevent pilots based in Ireland from going on a 48-hour strike starting on Thursday.

The airline sought an urgent injunction from the judge in London just hours before the start of threatened industrial action by members of Balpa in a dispute over pay and conditions.

After hearing submissions from Ryanair and Balpa, the judge dismissed the various grounds raised by the airline.

Strike action by UK Ryanair pilots is due to take place on Thursday and Friday this week, with a second round of dates in September.

Paul Gott QC, for Ryanair, told Mrs Justice Lambert during the hearing that strike action could be “enormously disruptive” and that the airline would suffer “significant reputational” damage.

Mr Gott submitted that Balpa had not conducted a ballot that complied with the requirements of labour relations legislation.

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