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Wage Agreements Signed; Keflavík Airport Strikes Averted

Strikes at Keflavík International Airport have been averted following the signing of agreements between the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise on behalf of ISAVIA, and the labour committees of the Union of Aviation Workers and Sameyki. The agreements, resulting from prolonged negotiations, will now be presented to union members for a vote, concluding by late May.

Strike action called off

Yesterday, agreements were signed between the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA) on behalf of ISAVIA and the labour negotiation committees of the Union of Aviation Workers (FFR) and Sameyki, a nationwide union of public servants. The strikes that had previously been announced at the Keflavík International Airport have been called off.

As noted in an article published in IR last weekend, negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement had been ongoing since last September, with the labour dispute being handed over to the Office of the State Mediator on April 8.

As reported by Vísir, State Mediator Ástráður Haraldsson expressed satisfaction with the parties reaching an agreement. He noted that people are generally not overly joyous after wage negotiations – but he hoped that everyone was “reasonably dissatisfied.”

The agreements will be presented to the members of Sameyki and FFR, who will subsequently vote on them.

A desired balance struck between negotiating parties

In an interview with Vísir, Þórarinn Eyfjörð, Chairperson of Sameyki, stated that the negotiating parties had achieved the desired balance between their interests. Þórarinn added that the unions were quite pleased with the outcome, although “one is never completely satisfied when signing wage agreements.”

Þórarinn characterised yesterday’s negotiations as “a tough working day” with many positive developments, although one never fully achieves all their goals.

As noted by Vísir, the union members’ vote on the agreement will conclude around May 20. Þórarinn expressed confidence in taking the agreement to the members, noting that an information campaign will now begin, followed by a voting process just before May 20 expected to end between May 23 and 24.

Þórarinn remains optimistic about the agreement’s approval, though he acknowledged that nothing could be guaranteed.

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