Icelandair’s aeroplane mechanics went on strike today from six o’ clock this morning until ten o’ clock, bringing all flights to a halt in the interim.
Vísir reports that the strike has effected some 20,000 Icelandair passengers, and RÚV says the four-hour strike will be held again tomorrow and Friday. If this doesn’t produce the results the mechanics seek, then a two-day strike will commence on 20 June.
The strike, says state collective bargaining negotiator Magnús Pétursson, was sparked when an impasse in talks was reached yesterday. With the meeting brought to an end, the mechanics made their decision to strike. The dispute in question concerns, among other things, a salary increase.
Aeropane mechanics have been in negotiations with management and the government for some time now. Last year, a general strike from aeroplane mechanics shut down all traffic to and from Keflavík, to which parliament responded by passing a bill into law which forced the workers back on the job.