Members of the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFÍ) have voted down the collective agreement signed by Icelandair and the association late last month. It’s the second contract to be rejected by the members in what FFÍ’s chairperson has called “very heavy and complicated” negotiations.
The contract was voted down by 72.65% of voters, while 26.46% approved it and 0.89% turned in blank ballots. Voter turnout was 85.3% – 786 of the 921 eligible members cast a vote.
“The FFÍ board and negotiation committee thanks its members for the solidarity and support that has prevailed within the group in the last months,” a statement on FFÍ’s website reads. “Voter turnout was very good and shows the responsibility and interest members have regarding their working conditions and working environment. The fact that the new collective agreement was voted down clearly shows that members believe the streamlining demands of the new contract went too far. The board and negotiation committee will now review the issue and will return to meet when the state mediator calls with a strong will to negotiate as before.”
Icelandair Cannot Compromise Further, CEO Says
Icelandair’s CEO Bogi Nils Bogason expressed disappointment over the vote’s results. “Unfortunately it’s a difficult position to be in because [Icelandair] can’t budge further,” Bogi told RÚV reporters. “Our goal number one, two, and three has been to complete the contract renewal with FFÍ. But if that doesn’t happen then of course we must consider other options. We are going to save our company.”
Bogi declined to comment on what other options the company was considering. He insisted that the airline’s financial restructuring, and promised government support, hinges on signing a long-term contract with FFÍ.