The High Court has granted an injunction preventing industrial action at Dublin, Shannon and Cork Airports ahead of St. Patrick's Day.
The proposed industrial action, involving four-hour stoppages by SIPTU members at Dublin, Cork and Shannon between 5am and 9am on Friday 14 March, arises from the long-running dispute over cuts in pension benefits at Aer Lingus and the DAA.
Yesterday afternoon, in his judgement on proceedings brought by the Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair against SIPTU, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted one injunction preventing the strike from going ahead.
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The Irish Times reported that in proceedings against SIPTU, the DAA and Ryanair asked the High Court to grant injunctions, pending the outcome of the full hearing of the dispute, preventing the proposed industrial action going ahead.
They had argued that the strike "is illegal" and is not "a valid trade dispute," as defined by the 1990 Industrial Relations Act.
The DAA is now calling on SIPTU to seek a resolution to the pension issue through a newly established expert panel.