Former prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has publicly criticized Icelandair’s recent decision to get rid of all part-time positions, Vísir reports. Jóhanna was herself a flight attendant before her career in politics.
As part of its optimization efforts, Icelandair has recently decided to get rid of all part-time flight attendant positions. The new full-time requirement will affect 118 part-time workers. These individuals will be offered full-time positions, but those who do not accept will be let go. Icelandair has emphasized that this new requirement will not apply to those who have worked for the company for 30 years or more or those who are 55 or older.
This initiative has drawn strong criticism from the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association. In her Facebook post, Jóhanna asked why the company hadn’t instead sought to limit the “excessive salaries” of their executives instead. She also questioned whether the move is in violation of the company’s policies on a family-friendly work environment and the flexible labor market. “Icelandair must examine this matter and withdraw this incomprehensible decision,” she wrote.