Saturday 21 October 2017

Ryanair sends legal letter to TDs and senators

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Lawyers for Ryanair have written to TDs and senators ahead of a planned appearance of a pilots' association which will be quizzed over recent controversies at the airline.

The Irish Airline Pilots Association (Ialpa) is scheduled to appear in front of the Oireachtas Transport Committee to discuss working hours and other welfare issues.

In the letter, TDs and senators are told that Ryanair has brought a number of cases against individual Ialpa members and the Ialpa itself.

"We understand that the committee advises witnesses to 'avoid any comments about an issue that is currently before a court of law, or about which court proceedings are imminent, because comments could prejudice the jury or judge in the case'," the letter states.

"We are drawing this to the attention of the Joint Committee in order to pre-empt any risk of prejudice to the ongoing legal proceedings between Ryanair and the Ialpa," it adds.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has already declined an invitation to appear in front of the committee.

Separately, Ryanair pilots have been told by president of the Ialpa, Evan Cullen, that unity will give them a strong negotiating platform at the airline, which has been juggling the impact of flight cancellations.

Pilots at Ryanair have been making demands for improved working conditions. They have been joining unions across Europe, although Ryanair does not recognise unions.

And a major US union leader has warned Mr O'Leary that it's "time to cut out the Michael the Miser act" and deal constructively with pilots.

The president of Allied Pilots' Association (APA), Daniel Carey, has offered them financial and IT support.

Irish Independent

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