Strike off as Eimskip inks wage deal

Officers seal collective agreement with Icelandic owner, averting walk-out.

Icelandic shipowner Eimskip has announced a new collective agreement for senior officers on its vessels, averting a planned strike.

The company said on Tuesday that a deal was thrashed out on Monday night, leaving unions to vote on it.

A strike among crew has been postponed until 15 February as a result.

RUV had reported that captains and engineers had been trying to agree a deal with management, with a walk-out imminent.

Before the latest announcement, Gudmundur Ragnarsson, chair of the Society of Engineers union, told reporters: “There’s nothing we can see on the table that would relieve the situation.

“It’s my opinion, going by the way the situation is now and the countless meetings we’ve had, that there’s nothing else coming up but a strike.”

Industrial action could have involved about 100 workers on Monday night.