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A Thousand Striking Workers Picket Government Office

Police say that around a thousand people attended this morning’s BHM union of academics and Association of Icelandic Nurses’ protest out side the Prime Ministry in central Reykjavík.

The protest was called to coincide with a cabinet meeting being held inside the building. Police say the gathering was peaceful.

RÚV journalist Haukur Hólm explained that the peacefulness of the protest was in no small part due to the fact that it was a silent protest, with attendees holding signs but not making a sound—even when Minister for the Interior, Ólöf Nordal and Minister for Social Affairs, Eygló Harðardóttir arrived to the meeting.

Despite this, many in the group are very angry, telling reporters that they are striking because the cost of their extensive training is not reflected in their wages. Some say they are considering leaving the country if they don’t get a fair pay deal soon.

A short meeting between the nurses, the academics and the state yesterday produced no results. Some academics, including vets and radiologists, have been on strike for nine weeks, and nurses have been striking for over a week.

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