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Boycott of Cafeteria Brings Sweet Tidings

Last Wednesday, over 100 staff members in Borgartún 21, Reykjavík, boycotted the cafeteria in their building, DV reports.

They did so to show two women solidarity who had been fired for refusing to accept a reduction in wages of tens of thousands of ISK. On a regular Wednesday, over 100 people have lunch at the cafeteria, but Wednesday of last week, no more than ten people were there for lunch as a journalist from DV came by.

Their show of solidarity had the intended effect: The women’s employer, ISS in Iceland, rehired them, and, subsequently, ways were sought to negotiate an acceptable solution. That was, among other things, done in cooperation with other firms housed in the building, confirmed CEO of ISS in Iceland, Guðmundur Guðmundsson.

Yesterday, the two women thanked all the staff for their support. They did so by baking them the most delicious cake, which they served with coffee. With the cake came a note stating, “Thank you for taking our side. Hugs and kisses, Alex and Jolla.”

As far as DV can tell, Alex and Jolla will continue working in the cafeteria for acceptable wages—much to the delight of everyone in Borgartún 21.

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