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48-Hour Tour Bus Driver and Hotel Workers’ Strike Starts at Midnight

By Jóhann Páll Ástvaldsson

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Photo: Efling’s mobile polling station. The message reads: “Hotels are in our hands!”.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553714106277{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Update at 19:03: The proposed strike has been cancelled following a meeting between the SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise and leaders of six unions. More strikes might follow in the near future, however. Union leaders believe that following today’s meeting, there is leeway for the wage negotiations to proceed. The two parties will now try to reach an agreement before the end of the weekend, as the next proposed strike will take place in the beginning of next week.

A 48-hour long tour bus driver and hotel worker strike will start at midnight tonight and last until midnight on Friday. Bus drivers and hotel employees who are members of the Efling and VR unions will go on strike.

This strike operation goes further than the strikes last Friday, which lasted for one day. The SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise had asked union leaders to postpone the strikes due to the precarious economic situation, as WOW air’s position is unclear at this point in time, along with contractions in the tourism industry. The leaders of Efling and VR did not comply with the request.

A settlement conference between the SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise and six unions, including Efling and VR, was postponed for an hour yesterday due to WOW air’s situation.

Efling’s website features a full list of hotels affected by the strikes. The only public bus route affected by the strike is route 89 between Sandgerði, Garður, and Reykjanesbær.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][mk_image src=”https://www.icelandreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/efling.jpg” image_size=”large”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553708406602{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Above is a statement from Efling.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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