Icelandair’s cabin crew,
represented by the Flugfreyjufelag
Islands (FFI) union, are poised to strike if pay negotiations scheduled for later
today fail to deliver an agreement.
which represents all of Icelandair’s
Iceland-based crew, is seeking a IcKr21,000
($277.7) boost to its members’ basic pay following the expiry of its previous
collective agreement on 31 December.
negotiations began last November and a proposal for a three-year deal has been
put forward, no agreement has been reached.
FFI spokeswoman says: “We had a meeting with our union members on 16 April.
They are really behind us in this and they gave us permission to prepare for a
strike, but we haven’t decided which days and when.”
declines to comment on the situation, but the two sides are due to meet for
further talks this afternoon. The FFI spokeswoman says that, if no solution
forthcoming, the union is likely to take a decision on strike action during its
next meeting on 23 April.
says: “We are going to see what they have to offer. All of our demands have
been pushed off the table. We have been talking with Icelandair for almost five months and we’re just
going round in circles.”
is reluctant to sign a three-year deal, which has already been accepted by some
of the airline’s non-cabin crew unions, because of concerns over the stability
of the Icelandic economy.
spokeswoman says: “At the moment we won’t accept it for three years. We might
accept it for 12 months. The situation in Iceland
is not very stable. Inflation is running at 8.5% right now and it doesn’t look
like it’s going down.”
Icelandair is also in pay
negotiations with its pilots. The Icelandair
spokesman says: “Things are moving in the right direction. There was a meeting
yesterday where both parties agreed to aim for a short-term contract, but that
deal has not been signed yet.”