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Strikes Endanger Small States Games

If Icelandic aviation workers do not come to a contract agreement for better pay and conditions before the end of the month, the Games of the Small States of Europe will have to be canceled, as they are supposed to take place in Iceland from June 1.

This is the opinion of Líney Rut Halldórsdóttir, the director of the Icelandic Sports and Olympic Association in a piece in Fréttablaðið.

The plan is for around 1,200 people to arrive in the country on May 31 for the European games, scheduled to last until June 6—the day an indefinite strike will begin, if aviation workers cannot agree a new contract deal.

Líney says people will not turn up for the games if they doubt they will be able to get home again at the end of the competition. And if that happens, the games will simply have to be canceled, because there is no backup plan for this situation.

RÚV reports that the games have been under preparation for over two years and the games will, if they go ahead, generate about half a billion krónur (EUR 3.4 million/USD 3.8 million).

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