A Ryanair pilot has asked the High Court to imprison the company's CEO, Michael O'Leary, for suspending him, in breach of an injunction.
John Goss of Yellow Walls Road, Malahide in Dublin was given leave to serve notice of proceedings seeking an order for the attachment and committal of Mr O'Leary and the rescinding of his suspension.
Earlier this year, Ryanair sought to commence disciplinary procedures on Mr Goss.
However, the High Court issued an order on 28 February preventing Ryanair from taking any disciplinary moves until a full hearing scheduled for 31 May next.
Mr Goss had feared the airline might suspend him, which would have had serious consequences for his flying hours and therefore his pilot's licence.
However, the court heard that yesterday, the company informed the pilot in a letter that it was suspending him on full pay until all court hearings and disciplinary proceedings are completed.
Mr Goss argued that his purported suspension by the company is in contempt of the court order of 28 February.
He asked to court for leave to start attachment and committal proceedings, in other words, to have Mr O'Leary and flight and ground operations manager David O'Brien jailed.
In an affidavit, he stated that he believed the disciplinary procedure was motivated by the company's wish to subject him to ‘bullying, harassment and intimidation.’
He said it was an attempt to communicate to other employees the consequences of seeking to enforce their rights through legitimate industrial relations structures of the State.