After a failed negotiations between Icelandic Cabin Crew Association and the signing of a five-year deal aimed at “increasing productivity and flexibility.”
The carrier had entered into similar agreements with the unions of pilots and engineers. But 10 days ago, cabin crew voted against the proposals by a 73:27 majority.
Icelandair now claims negotiations failed: “It has now become clear that a mutually agreed conclusion will not be reached.
The carrier has decided to “terminate definitively the employment of its current cabin crew members and definitively discontinue the working relationship between the parties”.
The airline said it was “exploring other options regarding safety and service on board its planes.”
From July 20, pilots who are not currently listed for pilot duties will be assigned the “responsibility for safety on board”.
Passengers are warned: “Services will continue to be at a minimum, as has been the case since the start of the Covid-19 impact.”
While cabin crew have now announced there will be a strike, Icelandair has indicated it is already in negotiations with cabin crew from the now defunct Icelandic carrier, Wow Air.
Icelandair is presently flying from its hub at Keflavik airport near Reykjavik to Amsterdam, Boston, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Hamburg, but not to the U.K.