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

Hotel Workers’ Strike Has Begun

Striking hotel workers demonstrate at main street Laugavegur at 10:00. Photo: Golli.

The proposed hotel workers strike started at 10:00 this morning. “We’re here! We’re striking! Get used to it!”, read a banner held by striking hotel workers as they walked down Laugavegur street in downtown Reykjavík. Hotel cleaning staff stopped working at 9:45 for a work break, and then left their hotels at 10:00. The strike will last until 23:59 today.

Hotel managers are allowed to work instead of their striking workers, and some have expressed that they intend to do so.

The strike affects around 700 Efling Union members working in cleaning, housekeeping, and laundry services in hotels and guest houses in the Reykjavík capital area, as well as some nearby municipalities.

The legality of the strike had previously been disputed but the Labour Court had concluded that the process was fully legal.

Kristófer Oliversson, director of the Centerhotels hotel chain, has stated that the hotel workers strike is one of the main talking points in one of the largest travel conferences in the world, ITB Berlin. He suggested that the strike will have a damaging impact. “It will spread so quickly to the market. Buyers of trips are here, and this is the main interest, what is happening in this country. It has spread to the market and WOW is currently in difficult negotiations. A two-month strike has been announced, and now this one. It has to bother potential investors,” he stated.



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