Polish workers at the hydroelectric power plant being built at Kárahnjúkar were forbidden to speak to their Icelandic colleagues reports radio station Bylgjan. According to employee representative, Oddur Fridriksson, 2 B, the employment agency that supplies Kárahnjúkar with Polish workers, told the Icelandic foremen that if the Poles showed any resistance he should beat them.
According to the report, a representative from 2 B threatened to punish the Poles if they did not perform on the job; he also told them that they were responsible for all damages to tools and material and facilities even accidental damages. Oddur said that the Poles were told not to speak to the Icelanders because Icelanders viewed them as drunks and thieves. The case is being handled by an employee representative.