Iceland - Negotiating in the shadow of lay-offs - June 30, 2017

The head of the Icelandic Airline Pilots’ Association states that Icelandair's decision to lay off 115 pilots this fall does not bode well for wage negotiations. The pilots’ contracts will expire in September. Icelandair has laid off at least 115 pilots and had also notified 70 captains that they would be demoted to pilots next winter, due to seasonal fluctuations in demand. Around 520 pilots work for Icelandair. Competing domestic airline carrier WOW Air, has expressed a willingness to hire the pilots who recently received letters of termination from Icelandair. The Pilots’ Association lamented Icelandair’s poor human resources policy and claimed that the move is all about saving money. It will certainly not positively influence the bargaining talks.


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