Ryanair has blown the chance of finding a resolution before this week’s strike action, says BALPA
The British Airline Pilots Association has said that because Ryanair has wasted time with unnecessary court action, their chance to resolve the dispute involving their pilots has been lost. Instead Ryanair is relying on legal technicalities to try to persuade the High Court to block the strike.
Ryanair is seeking a High Court injunction on Wednesday to stop strike action by UK Ryanair pilots, due to take place on Thursday and Friday this week, with a second round of dates in September.
BALPA invited Ryanair to join them at talks this week but the airline refused.
BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, 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 all the time that could have been used to try to find a resolution will now be spent preparing for the court action.
“It’s also worrying to see Ryanair continue to sell tickets for strike days – are they prepared to offer compensation to passengers if they are affected? I think they should tell passengers exactly where they stand.”