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Air Mechanics May Strike on Sunday

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Air Mechanics May Strike on Sunday

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Air mechanics at Icelandair have announced an indefinite strike starting at 6:00 am on Sunday morning unless a collective agreement is reached, Vísir reports. The strike could affect the 10,000 passengers who travel through Keflavík International Airport daily. Around 300 air mechanics work for the company.

The Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association (Flugvirkjafélag Íslands) and SA-Business Iceland (Samtök Atvinnulífs) have been in negotiations for six months and are yet to reach an agreement. Halldór Benjamin Þorbergsson, managing director of SA-Business Iceland, declined to give specific numbers but stated if association’s demands were met it would be one of the most expensive collective agreements the company has negotiated in over two decades.

Yesterday’s negotiations were suspended around seven o’clock. Óskar Einarsson, chairman of the Aircraft Mechanics Association, said no change had occurred in the meeting. “Nothing is happening. Their negotiation committee seems to be awfully calm about the state of affairs. I am at least preparing myself for a strike on Sunday.”

The parties are meeting again today, though it seems unlikely the association’s demands will be met in time to avoid the impending strike.

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