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Efling Negotiation Postponed to Next Year

A negotiation meeting between Enfling trade union and SA, originally slated for today, is being postponed to the new year, according to Vísir.

The state mediator has said that the next meeting between Efling and the Federation of Icelandic Employers (SA) is now scheduled for January 4.

See also: VR and SA Agree on Contract

With VR and SGS trade unions having recently agreed on shorter-term contracts as a compromise, Efling remains one of the only major trade unions to have not concluded its negotiations in the current round.

The two negotiating bodies last met on December 22, when Efling chairperson Sólveig Anna announced a new offer. Central to Efling’s demands are rising cost of living in Iceland, following the high rates of inflation seen this year. Efling is seen as especially aggressive in its bargaining demands, and Halldór Benjamín Þorbergsson, chairperson of SA, has characterized Efling’s offer as unworkable.

Vísir reports Halldór as stating that Efling’s demands, which were announced last week, could not form the basis of a new contract.

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