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Icelandair and Cabin Crew Association Reach Agreement

The five-year contract signed between Icelandair and the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFÍ) is a “defensive victory,” according to FFÍ chairperson Guðlaug Líney Jóhannsdóttir. It was a relief to come to an agreement following the “very heavy and complicated” negotiations, Guðlaug told Vísir reporters.

FFÍ and Icelandair signed a contract after 3.00am this morning, closing a 16-hour meeting and months of tense negotiations. FFÍ members unanimously rejected a contract offer from Icelandair in May. The signed contract includes increased work contribution on the part of cabin crew while ensuring their job security, according to the two parties.

“The airline’s demand for streamlining was very great and we were prepared to make concessions to meet the company during these difficult times and in that way we really show through actions that flight attendants are willing to do their part,” stated Guðlaug. She says FFÍ nevertheless managed to defend job security within the profession, which Icelandair had taken out of previous offers. “We are very proud of that today.” Guðlaug did not want to discuss the details of the contract until after it is presented to FFÍ’s members tomorrow, but says news of the contract signing was well-received.

“It is really gratifying to have come to a long-term agreement with cabin crew which is an important part of the financial restructuring and part of increasing its long-term competitiveness,” stated Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair’s CEO. Icelandair’s largest shareholders’ hinged their approval of the company’s financial restructuring on the signing of long-term contracts with the airline’s employees.

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