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Labor Unions Introduce New Points for Wage Contracts

By Iceland Review

ASÍ (Icelandic Confederation of Labor) and SA (Confederation of Icelandic Employers) yesterday introduced joint proposals for the upcoming wage contracts, like the ILO (International Labor Organization) standard on resignations.

The two confederations have never cooperated in this way before, Morgunbladid reports.

ASÍ managing director Gylfi Arnbjörnsson said the ILO standard on resignations “is a great matter of principal for the wage contracts.” It includes that when an employer gives notice to an employee, he or she is obligated to do so in a written and reasoned statement sent at the beginning of the month.

Arnbjörnsson said ASÍ and SA also agree that a framework agreement for companies on paying part of their employees’ salaries in a foreign currency should be created.

ASÍ feels employers have often gone too far in including clauses in job contracts which have a negative influence on competition, according to Arnbjörnsson.

ASÍ and SA would like the upcoming wage contracts to include new causes aimed at working against gender-based wage differences, e.g. by stating that an employer does not have the right to demand that his or her employees do not tell their colleagues how much they earn.

The two confederations also introduced ideas to establish a special insurance fund to assist those who cannot work due to long-term illnesses.

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