Deal struck between Icelandair and cabin crew
A statement from the airline says that the contract is in line with its goal of getting more work and more flexibility out of its cabin crew members as it concentrates on recovering from this year’s crisis. The statement also says that flight attendants’ income levels have been secured.
According to Icelandair director Bogi Nils Bogason, the new contract is simpler than the one it replaces. He told reporters it is very satisfying to have finally reached an agreement; not least because it is an important condition for the airline to enter into a financial restructuring.
A statement from the Cabin Crew Association says that negotiators agreed to meet Icelandair in the middle, given the completely new and difficult circumstances the company faces. The new contract will allow Icelandair to be more competitive and more flexible.
The chairperson of the Association, Guðlaug Líney Jóhannsdóttir, says that job security has always been one of the most important elements of the negotiations, and that air stewardesses and stewards have always been willing to throw their weight behind action necessary to help Icelandair in difficult times.
The negotiations have been ongoing for months, with the cabin crew claiming they were being asked to do more work, more flexibly, for less money. Both sides will be relieved to have reached a mutually acceptable deal.
The contract will be presented to members of the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association tomorrow (Friday) and members will then vote on whether to accept it.