Bluebird Nordic and Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise ignore collective labour agreements and court rulings
Recently, a ruling was handed down in the Icelandic Labour Court where Bluebird Nordic's lay-offs of all FÍA pilots were ruled illegal. It should be noted that just prior to the lay-offs, the company had hired a corresponding number of bogus self-employed pilots through an foreign employment agency.
FÍA challenges Bluebird and the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) to abide by the current Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) and the ruling of the Labour Court.
The ruling states clearly that when a Collective Labour Agreement expires, its provisions apply until a new agreement is reached, and CLA negotiations were well under way when the lay-offs occurred.
According to provisions of the CLA, FÍA members have priority over 11 full-time positions, as Bluebird pilots. This provision was confirmed by the Labour Court.
Despite the ruling of the Labour Court and the current CLA, both SA and Bluebird Nordic seem to think that they don’t need to comply with the ruling in question and the wage CLA.
Rule of law is a fundamental component of Icelandic society, and we must insist that Icelandic companies respect both CLAs and court rulings. This attempt to undermine the rules of our labour market, is unacceptable.
It is a serious violation of the constitutionally protected rights of trade unions and the rights of Icelandic workers who work according to a collective labour agreement.
We call for the involvement of the relevant supervisory bodies, the relevant authorities, and the Minister, in this matter, to ensure that Bluebird Nordic and the Confederation of Icelandic Employers comply with Icelandic law and with court rulings.
FÍA calls for a broad consensus of the country's trade unions against the Confederation of Icelandic Employers' dangerous attack on the Icelandic labour market.
FÍA 75 years old - Save the date!
Dear FÍA member, on Thursday 9. December FÍA will celebrate it’s 75th. birthday.
The event will be held at Gamla Bíó on Ingólfsstræti.
E-invite will be sent out at a later time. Save the date!
Newsletter is out!
The FÍA newsletter is now out for September, as always both in English and Icelandic.
Please note that on page 2 you will find the Table of Contents with direct links to the articles in English - otherwise the English version starts on page 16!
Among subjects are:
- Bluebird's lay-offs confirmed as illegal by Labour Court
- Coast Guard Pilots still without contract - seniority lists at risk
- EFÍA's Alternative Foreign Investments
- Reykjavík Flight Safety Symposium - held this Friday!
- Safety issues - article by Ingvar Tryggvason
- New Cabin in Húsafell
- Fatigue Reporting