A three-day workers’ strike that would have suspended ferry service to the Westman Islands has been called off, RÚV reports. It was the third scheduled strike action among workers in the Seamen’s Union of Iceland (Sjómannafélag Íslands), who are in wage negotiations with Herjólfur ohf., which operates the national route. The ferry is main transport route between Iceland’s mainland and the archipelago, home to around 4,300 inhabitants.
Representatives of the two parties have agreed on a negotiation schedule and expect to sign a contract by August 17. Jónas Garðarsson, chairman of the Seamen’s Union stated he would have wished for more progress in the matter, but the Union did not want to bear responsibility for the impact a strike would have on tourism in the islands.
Westman Islands Mayor Íris Róbertsdóttir celebrated the development. “Of course it’s very good news for the whole community and for us islanders that the strike has been called off,” Íris stated. “A three-day strike has a huge impact on the entire community here and at this time of year, as has been stated, it has a huge impact on every aspect of life here in the Islands, tourism and people’s employment opportunities and everything.”