Members of the Icelandic Fishermen’s Association have voted down a wage contract, signed by their representatives and Fisheries Iceland in mid-November, RÚV reports. No fewer than 562, or 76 percent of fishermen, voted against the contract, while 177, or 24 percent, approved it.
That means a strike, postponed at the signing of the contract, resumes at 8 pm tonight. The strike is expected to last past Christmas.This is the second time this year that fishermen reject a wage contract signed by their representatives.
Three smaller fishermen’s associations also rejected their contracts, according to Vísir.
The CEO of Fisheries Iceland, Heiðrún Lind Marteinsdóttir, expressed her disappointment at the news of the vote. She told RÚV that the state negotiator would assess when a meeting of the negotiating parties should be held. “We have said that fishermen’s demands have been met to a large extent, and there is, in fact, no dispute about that.” She finds it unlikely that the situation will change before Christmas.