Air mechanics have completed scheduled maintenance for TF-Gro, the Icelandic Coast Guard’s rescue helicopter, last night, and it’s now ready to respond to emergency requests.
The Coast Guard air mechanics’ strike had held up the helicopter’s maintenance, so that since Thursday, Iceland’s emergency response teams had no available helicopter in case of an emergency at sea, a natural disaster, or emergency medical flights. The government passed legislation last Friday to end the strike and air mechanics returned to work Saturday morning. They immediately went to work on the aircraft’s scheduled maintenance to make the Coast Guard fully operational as soon as possible. The maintenance was completed last night, and the Coast Guard is once again able to respond to emergency requests.
The legislation stopped the air mechanics’ strike but wage negotiations continue. If their negotiations with the government aren’t resolved before January 4, the dispute will be settled in a court of arbitration.