At long last, the labour dispute between Iceland’s flight attendants union (FFÍ) and Icelandair has likely come to a close, Vísir reports, as the two parties signed a collective bargaining agreement after a grueling 16-hour-long meeting at the state arbiter’s office.
This agreement must still be approved by the flight attendants themselves, and will be submitted to them on Friday, at which time electronic voting will commence. If approved, the agreement will last until September 30th, 2025.
Statements from both FFÍ and Icelandair state that the agreement secures both the airline’s flexibility and aim to increase its workload, while at the same time ensuring both the safety and the incomes of its flight attendants.
These negotiations have long been fraught. Last month, Icelandair delivered what they said was their “final offer” to its flight attendants, who consequently rejected it. However, as Iceland’s borders opened further on June 15th, and will open even more on July 1st, the intervention of the state arbiter has been a crucial part of shoring up an agreement between them.
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