Director of Landspítali, the national hospital, Björn Zoëga, has declined the increase to his wage announced last week, Morgunblaðið reports.
Landspítali (foreground). Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
Björn’s salary was to be increased from ISK 450,000 (USD 3,700, EUR 2,800) to ISK 2.3 million (USD 19,000, EUR 14,500) per month.
Nurses in Iceland had been expressing their anger over the director’s wage increase and rallying for an increase to their own salaries. Around 300 nurses gathered in front of Landspítali on Tuesday to demand a pay rise as well as wage improvements, which they say they have not received as a result of budget cuts.
Nurses signed a collective wage agreement in June last year and have since been working to have it turned into an institutional contract.
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