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Air Traffic Controllers on Strike

The union of Icelandic air traffic controllers is planning 20 short strikes from June 27 to July 20. Air traffic controllers do no have the right to go on a total strike, so they are proposing 20 four-hour strikes in a 24-day period.

The strikes will take place in the morning, and all domestic flights will be held up during that time. Two international flights will be allowed to take off per hour. There will be an active air traffic controller in every flight tower, but only for the sake of dealing with emergencies, reports.

The union of air traffic controllers will call off the strike if the government meets their demands for a pay raise and less working hours. Previous meeting between the union leaders and the government have proved fruitless, but the next meeting is scheduled to take place on June 26.

The Service Organization for Icelandic Industries has made an announcement on the matter, claiming that strikes would damage the Icelandic economy and harm the image of Iceland abroad.

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