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Photo: Golli. Efling Union hotel workers strike in 2019.

Efling Union Prepares Strikes Amid Failed Negotiations

The Efling Union will present proposals for strike action shortly after the weekend, Vísir reports. If the measures are approved in a vote among the members, the first strikes could be implemented by the end of the month.

Sólveig Anna leaves the table

Three days ago, Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, Chair of the Efling Union, broke off negotiations with the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA) and left a meeting with the state mediator. Strike actions are being prepared.

“We’ve begun preparations, but, of course, these are complicated measures, which need to be carefully executed. That’s the role of the negotiating committee. It will meet this weekend and continue its work. As far as when the strike notices will be ready, I can’t say at this time – but likely sometime next week,” Sólveig Anna told Vísir.

Once the committee has taken the matter into consideration, proposals for strike action will be put to a vote by Efling members.

Strikes could begin by the end of the month

Sólveig Anna told Vísir that it was not clear how the measures would be implemented.

“That’s for the negotiation committee to decide. Like all of our decisions, we make them together in a democratic fashion. It’s too early for me to discuss.”

Sólveig Anna added that she had not heard from the state mediator since the talks ended, although, she had read in the media that the state mediator “saw no point in calling a meeting.”

“Perhaps you should ask him why he sees no point in meeting again, but the answer would no doubt be that SA – as everyone knows – completely refused to accommodate us in any way. Whether something opens up: I hope so, of course.”

When asked if strikes could begin by the end of the month, Sólveig stated that that was certainly a possibility.

In an interview with Vísir yesterday, Halldóra Sigríður Sveinsdóttir, Chairman of the Báran Union, stated that dozens of Efling members had contacted Báran on Wednesday and Thursday seeking to transfer their membership from Efling to Báran.

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