Frettablaðið is reporting that up to 50 people will lose their jobs after the biggest fish processing plant in Reykjanesbær (the city comprised of the towns Keflavík, Njardvík and Hafnir) announced its closure. The owners of the company are blaming the strength of the króna as the primary reason for the shutdown. Árni Sigfússon, Mayor of Reykjanesbær, regrets the redundancies, but is not concerned for the general unemployment level, since there has been a large demand for workers in the region.
“More than half of the staff are foreigners who have been working there for a long time and enjoyed it very much,” says Kristján Gunnarsson, head of the Keflavík Sailors and Working Men’s Union. Despite the announcement, Gunnarsson remains optimistic, and is convinced that the plant will not remain closed for long.