Some 700 Efling Union members have voted on a planned hotel workers’ strike, RÚV reports. The proposed one-day strike would occur on March 8, applying to Efling Union members who work in cleaning, housekeeping, and laundry services in hotels and guest houses in the Reykjavík capital area as well as some nearby municipalities. Polls close at 10.00pm tonight.
Though Efling has not been officially tracking the number of votes coming in, Víðar Þorsteinsson, the union’s managing director, says some 700 members have voted. “We are happy because this is around the number that would go on strike,” he stated. Voting has been taking place online, at Efling headquarters, and in a mobile polling station driven between workplaces.
After wage negotiations broke down between SA and workers’ unions last week, Efling Union began to prepare for strike action. Some 8,000 of the union’s members were invited to vote on the March 8 strike, which would affect around 700 workers.