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Labor union to solve problem in Flateyri

The labor union of the Westfjords will meet with the employees of the fish processing plant Kambur hf. in Flateyri today to try to a find solution to their problems. They may lose their jobs as Kambur has sold its quota.

“The meeting will primarily be held to provide information and to exchange ideas. Also to show the people that they will not be left behind in this mess and that we will make sure their rights are not being violated,” head of the labor union Finnbogi Sveinbjörnsson told Morgunbladid.

Yesterday a meeting was held between the union, the Economic Development Association of the Westfjords, the Intercultural Center, the Information Center of the Westfjords, the school and family department of Ísafjördur, the Directorate of Labor and the local authorities in the region.

At the meeting a group of three people was established to lead the project on finding jobs for the soon-to-be unemployed Flateyri residents.

“We have to try and work on this as quickly as possible because we want to keep the people here. We are trying to give people ideas for other jobs in the region,” said Sveinbjörnsson. “It is our understanding that the northern Westfjords is one economic area and we want to strengthen it further.”

“We want to point out to people that they can educate themselves and promote themselves so that we won’t lose them. We can’t afford that, as the people of the Westfjords,” Sveinbjörnsson added.

Many of Kambur’s employees are of foreign origin and have become Icelandic citizens. The meeting today will be held in three languages; Icelandic, Polish and Tagalog, which is widely spoken in the Philippines.

Kampur is the biggest employer in Flateyri (pop. 350), and about 120 workers are at risk of losing their jobs.

Click here to read more about the situation.

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