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Firefighters and Ambulance Drivers in Iceland Strike Again

A 16-hour strike among firefighters and ambulance drivers in Iceland began at 8 am this morning after an unfruitful meeting with the wage committee of the local authorities. This is their third strike within a short period of time.

A bonfire. The photo is unrelated to the story. By Geir Ólafsson.

Picketers from the Capital Region Fire Department arrived in Akureyri this morning to discuss the situation which has arisen in regard to the local airport, ruv.is reports.

With firefighters in Akureyri on strike, airplanes cannot land there so flights have been relocated to Húsavík, which firefighters believe is a violation of the strike.

Anton Karusko, spokesman for firefighters in Akureyri, said they will decide what actions to undertake because of the relocation of the flights.

Sverrir Björn Björnsson, chairman of the negotiation committee of firefighters, said it is a clear violation of the strike and stated that the safety of passengers is being compromised.

Hjördís Gudmundsdóttir, the public relations manager of Isavia, the company which operates airports in Icealnd, dismisses that claim, stating that a fire truck has been placed at the airport in Húsavík and that Isavia’s employees are trained to step in for firefighters.

Click here to read about the last strike in the series.

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