Labor union leaders were harsh in their Labor Day speeches at yesterday’s demonstrations, criticizing the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) and their emphasis in fisheries policies.
President of ASÍ, Gylfi Arnbjörnsson. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Strikes were called for to force employers to negotiate on wages, Morgunbladid reports. Employers are dissatisfied with the government’s plans to change the fishing quota system and have brought that issue into the wage contract talks.
“The tool that is the most powerful under such circumstances is the centuries-old weapon we possess: a general strike,” declared president of the Confederation of Labor (ASÍ), Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, at a rally at the culture center Hof in Akureyri, north Iceland.
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