Claire Gallagher
The strike at the country’s three main airports, including Shannon, scheduled for this Friday has been called off.
This afternoon the High Court granted an injunction preventing the union from staging the planned four-hour work stoppage at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.
The threatened action is part of an ongoing dispute between workers, the Dublin Airport Authority and the Shannon Airport Authority over pensions.
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan he injunction sought by the DAA and urged the parties to cooperate with the expert panel to resolve the dispute.
The DAA, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar have welcomed the move.
“I have said on a number of occasions that the strike should have been deferred given that the expert panel is currently engaging with all parties involved in the dispute,” said the Minister.
Fianna Fáil’s Transport and Tourism spokesperson Timmy Dooley said, “While I welcome the fact that the planned action will not now be going ahead, serious disruption remains. Aer Lingus cancelled 29 flights and make changes to more than 40 others on Thursday and Friday.
“Around 10,000 passengers have been affected by this action on one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Irish tourism industry. The disruption has the potential to blight the good reputation that Ireland has built up over many years,” he said.
“While every worker has the right to strike to protect their interests, it should only be used a method of last resort, and not a threat issued when negotiations are still ongoing.”
The workers union SIPTU said it would be considering the judgment.

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