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Air Traffic Controllers Vote against Deal

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Air Traffic Controllers Vote against Deal

Keflavik International Airport

From Keflavík International Airport. Photo: Zoë Robert.

Early this morning, air traffic controllers voted against a new wage agreement with SA-Business Iceland and Isavia, RÚV reports. Ninety percent of air traffic controllers took part in the vote, 60.2 voted against the agreement, while 39.8 percent voted for it.

Sigurjón Jónasson, head of the Association of Icelandic Air Traffic Controllers, stated that the result of the vote clearly shows discontent with the agreement.

The agreement was signed at the end of June after a labor dispute, which involved an overtime ban enacted on April 6. The Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, eventallypassed a bill on June 8, making the overtime ban illegal and requiring an arbitration court to determine the air traffic controllers’ wages if an agreement were not reached between the disputing parties by June 24.

Sigurjón expects the dispute to go before an arbitration court, which will determine the wages by July 18.

“If we don’t sit down and renegotiate, and negotiate fast, then this will end up in arbitration court,” he commented.

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