Iceland’s parliament bans pilot strike

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Iceland’s parliament has prohibited the industrial action planned by Icelandair pilots.

The carrier was forced to cancel flights on 9 May when its pilots started a 12h strike. Further similar walkouts were planned for 16 and 20 May, with two- and four-day strikes to follow on 23 May and 30 May respectively should no collective agreement be reached in time.

However, the nation’s parliament has “banned all industrial actions” by pilot union FIA against the airline, Icelandair says.

If no deal can be reached with the union by 1 June, an arbitration court “will decide pilots’ wages and benefits before 1 July”, the airline says.

The carrier adds that it has not yet determined the loss that has been caused by the walkouts.