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Ryanair also seek injunction over strike

Friday, March 07 16:13:54

Ryanair was granted leave to seek a High Court injunction against SIPTU's plan to shut down Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports for four hours next Friday in a row over pensions.

"Ryanair will not allow over 13,000 of its customers to be blackmailed by greedy SIPTU unions, particularly in the case of Aer Lingus where there is a defined contribution pension scheme and these staff have already received over E600m in pay-offs, pension top ups and free shares over the past 8 years. SIPTU's attempt to shut down air access from the country's three main airports is unlawful, unnecessary and unfair to passengers," a statement from the airline said.

It called on the Dept. of Transport to explain what contingency plans the Government will put in place "to prevent Ireland's vital airports being closed by SIPTU if this legal action is unsuccessful"

Earlier today, the DAA said it will seek a High Court injunction against Siptu's planned strike action that threatens air transport chaos over the St Patrick's weekend at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports.

The DAA said it had no choice but to take legal action after the trade union declined to "respond positively" to two separate communications calling on it to lift the threat of industrial action in a row over pensions.