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Union Votes on Strike, SA Votes on Lockout

By Yelena

vr union iceland, Ragnar Þór Ingólfsson
Photo: VR Chairman Ragnar Þór Ingólfsson.

The Icelandic Confederation of Enterprise (SA) is hoping to put pressure on VR Union to conclude the ongoing collective agreement negotiations by voting on a lockout of VR Union office workers, RÚV reports. If the lockout is approved, it would be at the same time as a proposed strike of VR workers at Keflavík Airport.

Several collective agreements have been signed between SA and unions in Iceland in recent days, but negotiations between SA and VR Union continue to be contentious. VR Union members working for Icelandair’s passenger and loading services at Keflavík Airport are currently voting on a three-day strike between Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24. In response, SA has decided to hold a vote among its members on a potential lockout of VR office workers.

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According to Sigríður Margrét Oddsdóttir, the CEO of SA, the purpose of the lockout vote is to put pressure on VR Union to conclude the negotiations on the basis which has already been set by the parties. Voting on both the strike and the lockout will conclude on March 14. SA leaderships has stated that if VR postpones the announced strikes, the lockout will also be postponed.

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