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Many foreign workers receive less than minimum wage

Foreign workers in Iceland are not granted their legal rights in many cases, according to the managing director of the labor union Afl – Federation of General and Specialized Workers in East Iceland. The union is currently preparing a new case against a company in the area. This is reported by RÚV online.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 foreign workers are employed by contractors in eastern Iceland, primarily in construction for the aluminum industry and other related industries in the area.

Labor union leaders generally agree that the larger employers tend to apply fair and legal practices in dealing with foreign workers. Nonetheless, the union is repeatedly notified of rights violations where workers with a great deal of experience are hired as laborers and paid the minimum rates. Furthermore, since the labor market was opened to workers from the new EU states last May, it has become even more difficult than before to monitor the rights of foreign workers, as they can now take jobs without applying for work permits. Consequently unions do not receive information about those workers.

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