Iceland - Fishermen back to sea after historic strike - February 28, 2017

After nine weeks of dispute in the fishing industry, the longest fishermen’s strike in modern Iceland’s history has finally come to an end. Although only 52.4% voted by ballot to accept the new terms, the fleet is already putting to sea. While some concessions have been made, it remains unclear whether the crews have won full tax free status for food and other at-sea payments. The effects of the lengthy strike were felt across Europe and brought warnings from UK retailers voicing fears that some fish products could temporarily disappear from supermarket shelves.


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