The Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFÍ) and Icelandair have signed their third tentative contract, following two attempts that were rejected by FFÍ’s members, RÚV reports. The contract will now be voted on by FFÍ’s members. The deadlock in negotiations came to a head last Friday when Icelandair announced that it would fire all of its flight attendants and pilots would be taking over cabin crew duties starting this week.
Negotiations between FFÍ and Icelandair have been ongoing for months and become increasingly tense. FFÍ members unanimously rejected the first contract offer they received from the airline in early May, which entailed a five-year salary freeze. A second contract signed by FFÍ and Icelandair last month was then voted down by 72.65% of FFÍ members.
After Icelandair’s announcement it would fire all flight crew on Friday, FFÍ requested to meet with the company and the parties came together at the State Mediation Office on Saturday. FFÍ’s chairperson Guðlaug Líney Jóhannsdóttir stated she was very pleased with the new contract, which was signed around 2.00am on Sunday morning after a long day of negotiations.
“We built on the contract that we signed in June. We negotiated on the provisions that had been disputed and I expect to be able to present this contract in a good way to our members this week,” Guðlaug stated. Like its failed predecessors, the contract is valid until 2025.