Having failed to reach an agreement with the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA), members of the Union of Icelandic Journalists (BÍ) will go on a twelve-hour strike at 10:00 AM today, RÚV reports. The strike extends to reporters, photographers, and videographers for online media at Fréttablaðið, Morgunblaðið, RÚV, and Vísir. Print journalists will not go on strike.
This is the third strike that BÍ organises. If no agreement is reached next week, union members, including print journalists for Morgunblaðið and Fréttablaðið, will go on strike on Thursday, November 28 – the day before Black Friday. As myriad advertisements are run in newspapers on Black Friday, the day has become one of the biggest days for print media in Iceland.
Hjálmar Jónsson, Chairman of the Union of Icelandic Journalists, stated that it was a great disappointment and “incomprehensible” that no agreement had been reached yesterday: they had been so close. Further, and more extensive, strikes will be organised in December. This is the first time in 40 years that members of the Union of Icelandic Journalists have gone on strike. The union has scheduled at a meeting for members at noon today.