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Icelandair Will Let Go Of All Its Flight Attendants, Pilots Will Do Their Duties
Icelandair has announced that it will layoff all of its flight attendants, ending a labor dispute with the crew members’ union that began back in June.
Pilots with the company will temporarily assume flight attendant duties starting July 20.
“As previously announced, Icelandair has been negotiating with the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFI) on a new long-term collective-bargaining agreement for the company’s cabin crew members, ” Icelandair said in a statement. “The objective has been to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Company while safeguarding the competitive compensation and working conditions of the Company’s cabin crew members.”
The negotiations with FFI have come to an end without a conclusion.
“Icelandair will permanently terminate the employment of its current cabin crew members and permanently discontinue the employment relationship between the parties,” the airline confirmed.
The company added that it has been exploring other options regarding safety and service onboard its aircraft. As a result, pilots will now take on the responsibility for safety on board.
Pilots will not be spending much time pushing drinks and meals down the aisle.
Services “will continue to be at a minimum, as (they have been) since the impact of COVID-19 started,” the airline said.
And while flight attendants play a vital role in maintaining in-flight safety. it’s not clear how pilots could successfully carry out flight attendants’ roles, especially during an emergency.