The negotiating committees of Icelandic fishermen and representatives of fisheries met with Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Kartín Gunnarsdóttir last night, RÚV reports. That meeting followed a full day of negotiations.
Negotiators neither spoke to the media during the day nor after last night’s meeting with the minister. Þogerður told reporters following the meeting that they had gone over the situation and exchanged views.
“They were simply informing me precisely about the situation. Then we exchanged views about this and that,” she remarked, “among other things about daily allowances for food and expenses. I suggested, among other things, a comprehensive approach and analysis, and that we would quickly start looking at daily allowances for food and expenditures in the general labor market with regard to tax incentives. Then we’ll see what the situation is like and be able to react to the wishes of fishermen. That’s what we’re ready to do.”
Þorgerður Katrín expressed her trust toward the negotiating committees and her conviction that they would be able to solve the dispute which has been ongoing for more than two months. She pointed out that the next three to four weeks are the capelin season, so the stakes are high.