Icelandair has decided not to permanently fire every single single one of its flight attendants and switch them with pilots right after running to hammer out a previous-minute offer with the cabin crew union. On Friday, the Icelandic airline built the shock announcement that it planned to sack all of its flight attendants with no opportunity of them at any time returning since negotiations on achieving a new collective bargaining arrangement experienced achieved a stalemate.
Beneath the unique approach, Icelandair supposed to dismiss its overall flight attendant workforce and from Monday, July 20, get pilots to consider more than their responsibilities in the passenger cabin. Icelandair justified the decision since onboard assistance is at this time confined as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so pilots would have to have minimal instruction.
The pilots would, having said that, have necessary to endure a crash system in protection and crisis procedures and would likely have required to get what is known as a cabin crew attestation under European aviation rules.
Icelandair’s pilots experienced remained pretty peaceful in excess of what they believed about the plan, whilst the airline claimed they only wished to use pilots temporarily when they uncovered a entirely new workforce of flight attendants.
That, even though, is no more time necessary… considerably to the reduction of anyone involved. At around 2 am (neighborhood time in Reykjavik) on Sunday early morning, Icelandair introduced it had managed to do a deal with the Cabin Crew Association soon after all. The mass dismissals are off the desk and pilots will no for a longer time develop into stand-in flight attendants.
“Despite failed negotiations concerning Icelandair and the Icelandic Cabin Crew Affiliation (FFI), the parties have managed to resume discussions and have signed a new collective-bargaining arrangement which is valid until eventually 30 September 2025,” the airline explained in a assertion.
“The recent arrangement benefits in additional reduction in operating price tag without having negatively impacting the personnel phrases of cabin crew member,” the assertion ongoing. “Due to this development, Icelandair’s pilots will not consider around obligation for onboard protection and the most modern cabin crew layoffs will be withdrawn.”
The deal, nevertheless, does still will need to be authorised by signifies of a vote by flight attendants. In the situation, and specified what Icelandair was organized to do to its workforce, the offer is possible to be offered a inexperienced light. We’ll know for certain on July 27 when the vote concludes.
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