Aircraft mechanics in the Icelandic Coast Guard quit their jobs at midnight 5.November after their wage dispute has been referred to a state mediator.
The strike has the consequence that helicopters on behalf of ICG could become unviable if the strike is prolonged, Ásgeir Erlendsson, the Coast Guard’s information officer, confirms in an interview with Morgunblaðið.
In this case, the strike can affect the Coast Guard’s rescue capability, if it lasts for the next two to three days, as the helicopters need regular maintenance.
The aircraft mechanics labor union Flugvirkjafélag Íslands FVFÍ announced a work stoppage for members of the Icelandic Coast Guard, which began at midnight 5.November. A total of 18 aircraft mechanics were on the electoral roll and 16 took part in the voting. 14 (87.5%) voted in favor of the strike, two (12.5%) did not take a stand.
The strike covers all work carried out by Icelandic Coast Guard aircraft mechanics on behalf of the Icelandic Coast Guard, with the exception of mandatory law enforcement and rescue flights carried out on the basis of Act No. 52/2006 of the Icelandic Coast Guard.