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Uncertainty for Workers in Akranes

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Uncertainty for Workers in Akranes

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Akranes. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The seafood company HB Gandi has announced that it plans to discontinue processing demersal fish in the town of Akranes, West Iceland, RÚV reports. The company sent out a press release today:

“HB Grandi plans to discontinue the processing of demersal fish in Akranes and has begun consulting with union representatives for this reason and about what this could mean for workers.

The plan is to merge the Akranes demersal fish processing with the one in Reykjavík.

About 270 people work for Grandi in Akranes, 93 of them in demersal fish processing.

In addition to demersal fish processing, HB Grandi runs a shipyard in Akranes, a fish meal plant, capelin processing, and two subsidiaries, Norðanfiskur and Vignir G. Jónsson. There are plans for additional build-up and expansion in those operations in Akranes.

Currently, there are neither harbor facilities in Akranes nor facilities to process all the catch from HB Grandi’s wet fish trawler, but negotiations are ongoing between representatives of the company and the town of Akranes about potential changes in that regard.”

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