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Westman Islands Ferry Workers Strike

The Herjólfur ferry, which sails between Iceland’s mainland and the Westman Islands, did not sail any of its six regular trips yesterday due to a one-day workers’ strike. The board of directors of state-owned company Herjólfur have invited staff representatives and the Seaman Union to a meeting today in an effort to solve the ongoing wage dispute. The ferry is sailing according to schedule today.

Herjólfur CEO Guðbjartur Ellert Jónsson told RÚV that the dispute is complex, as the company’s revenue has plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is, however, hopeful that the dispute can be resolved without additional strike action.

The ferry is the main form of transport between the Icelandic mainland and the Westman Islands for the islands’ 4,300 inhabitants. The ferry transported a record number of passengers last June, both locals and tourists, many of whom visit the islands for their large puffin colonies and unique nature.

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