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Dutch court says Ryanair pilots' strike can go ahead

AFP  |  Haarlem 

A told pilots in the Thursday they could join a wave of planned across Europe, set to plunge thousands of passengers into

"The strike may go ahead," told the Haarlem District Court, where had filed for an urgent court order to halt the industrial action.

pilots in the announced Wednesday they were joining a European-wide walkout on Friday to ratchet up pressure on the cut-price in a row over pay and conditions at the height of the summer season.

Ryanair, which in the flies to holiday destinations such as in southern Spain, the and Ibiza, said it would have to axe around 400 out of 2,400 European flights scheduled for Friday, affecting 55,000 passengers. will be the worst hit with 250 flight cancellations.

In the Netherlands around 22 flights from could potentially be affected, the agency reported.

Europe's second biggest has been grappling with staff unrest since it recognised trade unions for the first time in December 2017, in a bid to ward off widespread strikes over the period.

But unions say little progress has been made on their demands for better wages and fairer contracts despite months of talks.

Ryanair sought an urgent court order in the Netherlands to prevent pilots from joining the strike, but the Dutch pilots' union told judges only a small number of flights from Dutch airports could potentially be affected.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 00:35 IST