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10,000 People Likely to Go On Strike Today

It now looks very likely that the first strike planned by the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland will go ahead today and that around 10,000 members will down tools at midday.

The strike will last for 12 hours and involve workers in the general workplace outside the capital region.

A meeting has been arranged for 10.00 at the state mediator’s office with negotiating committees from the Federation of Icelandic Labor and the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland.

Drífa Snædal, director of the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland, told RÚV that talks up until now have not come close to a settlement. The Federation of Icelandic Labor has rejected the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland’s demand but not yet made a counter offer.

The Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland is an umbrella organization representing 19 trades unions with 53,000 workers. The unions mostly represent private sector workers, but some public sector unions are also in the Federation.

In related news, negotiations yesterday between the universities’ union and the state did not come to a solution and their next meeting is scheduled for Monday. Strike action by over 3,000 university workers employed by the state began on 7th April.

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