Scheduled maintenance on TF-GRO, the Icelandic Coast Guard’s helicopter has progressed slower than anticipated, RúV reports. A notice from the Icelandic Coast Guard states that not all air mechanics that the Coast Guard considers eligible to work despite the strike, have shown up to work. It’s now clear that maintenance will not be completed in the two days originally planned.
“A small part of the group was occupied with negotiations yesterday, while others, that were anticipated to attend work, didn’t,” the notice states. The Icelandic Coast Guard’s air mechanics have been on strike since November 5, and a long but ultimately unsuccessful meeting between the Coast Guard’s air mechanic and the government took place yesterday.
If the air mechanics start working on the maintenance today, work could be completed Sunday afternoon. If they don’t, it will take longer.
The Icelandic Coast Guard sent the air mechanics a letter on Wednesday encouraging them to turn up and perform the aircraft maintenance to resolve the emergency. The Coast Guard also requested an exemption from the strike for the fourth time, in light of the severity of the situation but Iceland’s Union of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians denied the request for the fourth time.
The wage negotiations strand first and foremost on the air mechanics’ demand that their wage agreements be linked to Iceland’s Union of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians’s wage agreements. While the government has offered them a one-year extension of the current agreement, preserving the link to the larger union’s wae agreement, that offer was denied, demanding instead a new three-year agreement.