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First Foreigner as Board Member of Labor Union

Polish-born Stanislaw Bukowski, who has lived in Iceland for seven years, will become a board member of the labor union Efling after the union’s general meeting on April 23. Bukowski will become the first foreign-born board member of the labor union.

“I was very surprised when I was offered a seat on the board of Efling and to be the first union member of foreign origin to be given this honor,” Bukowski told Efling’s newsletter.

Chairman of Efling Sigurdur Bessason said Bukowski is a good addition for the board. “He has fresh ideas and is a young man with a good heart.”

Bukowski told Morgunbladid many had sought his help with understanding the new wage contracts which are now being translated into foreign languages, including Polish. Bukowski said the contracts are complicated but he finds them promising, especially since they have the potential to improve the situation of those who earn the least.

Bukowski is trained as a mechanic and works as a technician for Gardathjónustan garden and pavement service. He speaks Icelandic fluently and has worked as an interpreter for Efling and assisted other Polish workers in Iceland.

Click here to read more about the wage contracts.

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