Iceland - Fishermen come to a pay deal - November 30, 2016

The fishermen’s strike, which started on 10 November 2016, is over after the vessel owners and most fishermen have come to an agreement on salaries. The two sides were called to a meeting by the state conciliation mediator to establish if there was any common ground. The agreement will now go to a vote. Nevertheless, there are still disputes going on with fishermen in Grindavik and another union which will be negotiated locally. Most of the fleet will be returning to the fishing activities in the coming days. The strike threatened not only to hit the economy but it also could have caused serious problems for the Humber’s fish processing industry, which employs up to 6,000 people.


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