A fishermen’s strike began at 11 pm last night when wage negotiations had failed between them and Fisheries Iceland, RÚV reports. This is their first strike since 2001. Marine engineers, on the other hand, were able to reach a deal with the fisheries, with the provision that their negotiating committee would approve, and postponed their strike until 3 pm on Monday.
Heiðrún Lind Marteinsdóttir, managing director of Fisheries Iceland, reported that fishermen had been close to striking a deal, but there had remained disagreement regarding the number of deckhands on pelagic fishing vessels.
A few days, or even a week, could go by before the next formal negotiating meeting is called. All ships not in harbor are on their way to land.