Iceland's merchant seamen on Sunday called off a strike that had idled shipping for a week. The agreement means that the nine ships currently idle in Icelandic ports can now resume operations. The seamen's strike, which began May 1, was the most bitter of a series of industrial disputes that have hit Iceland in recent weeks.
The seamen had been striking in pursuit of higher wages and restrictions on the use of cheap foreign labor.
, chairman of the Reykjavik Sailors Union
, said the seamen had reached their goals at the government-mediated talks with shipping employers. The new contract, valid until the end of 2003, gives the seamen a 29 percent rise in wages, with improved insurance, holidays, food and clothing, he said.