Sunday 18 March 2018

Pilot's unfair dismissal case against Ryanair goes to tribunal

Pilot Captain John Goss leaving the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin
Pilot Captain John Goss leaving the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

An UNFAIR dismissal case being taken by a former Ryanair pilot is scheduled to come before the Employment Appeals Tribunal later this year.

John Goss was dismissed for "gross misconduct" after he spoke out about safety concerns on a UK 'Dispatches' programme broadcast in August 2013, in a highly publicised case.

He had been a long-serving pilot and was with the company for 27 years.

The case came before a tribunal in Dublin yesterday but was adjourned following an afternoon of legal submissions.

Cathy Maguire, a lawyer for Mr Goss, made an application for the hearing to be adjourned as he is involved in another case at the Equality Tribunal.

She asked chair of the tribunal Fiona Crawford that the case be adjourned pending the hearing of the other case which Mr Goss has before the Equality Tribunal, which she believed should be run first.

However, Martin Hayden SC for Ryanair, opposed the adjournment application.

"They are not connected at all," he said.

The tribunal heard that the separate Equality Tribunal case centres around whether Mr Goss should have had to retire at 60 years of age.

The EAT hearing yesterday was told that Mr Goss was dismissed in August, but the company paid him up to and including his retirement date of October 2014.

No decision was made in relation to the application for an adjournment at the tribunal yesterday.

Meanwhile, the case is scheduled to come back before the EAT in September when three days have provisionally been set aside for it.

Mr Goss attended yesterday's hearing.

Irish Independent

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