Fianna Fáil’s Transport and Tourism spokesperson has welcomed the fact that a planned strike at the country’s three main airports, scheduled for this Friday, is off.

The threatened action by SIPTU is part of an ongoing dispute between workers, the Dublin Airport Authority and the Shannon Airport Authority over pensions.

This afternoon the High Court has granted an injunction preventing the union from staging the planned four hour work stoppage at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

Deputy Dooley commented, “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.

“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.  I acknowledge that serious differences and issues remain and would urge all sides involved to continue with talks in a bid to resolve this dispute and prevent any further threat of action.  Management and unions should re-engage with the four person expert panel set up to mediate in this dispute, as I believe it has the best chance of finding a solution to this row”.