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Midwives in Iceland Prepare To Strike

Members of the Midwives Association of Iceland decided at a meeting yesterday to prepare a series strike after a fruitless meeting with the state’s negotiation committee yesterday morning. Midwives will vote on whether to strike or not Friday next week.

“Judging by the response we have received I expect the strikes to be accepted,” chairman of the Midwives Association Gudlaug Einarsdóttir told Fréttabladid.

Members of the association will vote on five independent strikes. If they accept, escalating strikes will take place in September, ending with a general strike for all state-employed midwives on September 29. The first strike would take place from September 4 to 5.

“It is an absolute last resort,” Einarsdóttir said. “Negotiations are in a knot and we don’t see any other way out other than to strike.”

Half of all midwives have already resigned because of poor wages. “We have to do what we can to reach an agreement and get them back,” Einarsdóttir said.

Midwives were dissatisfied with the wage contracts they were offered by the state in June and decided not to sign them unlike other members of the umbrella Associations of Academics (BHM).

Since then, midwives have attended many unsuccessful meetings with the state’s negotiation committee. The next meeting is scheduled for August 26.

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