Icelandair and flight attendants make a last-ditch effort to negotiate

Ásgeir Ingvarsson

mbl.is

The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer today convened a meeting between Icelandair and the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFI), the union of Icelandair's flight attendants. The meeting follows Icelandair's surprise decision on Friday to fire all of its flight attendants after repeated failed attempts to reach an agreement on a new pay scale.

The representatives of the airline and the union have been in talks all evening. Mbl.is reports that according to reliable sources a last-ditch effort is being made to negotiate a solution that would be acceptable to all parties.

Icelandair's decision has received a very mixed response from the public, from flight attendants and from leaders of unions and political parties. While Icelandair is within its rights to fire all flight attendants and seek to negotiate with a different union, powerful actors in the economy have protested the decision, with the leader of one of the largest workers' unions suggesting that the union's pension fund abstain from participating in Icelandair's upcoming public offering.

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