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Minister of Social Welfare to Fight for Equality

Minister of Social Welfare Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir submitted a new strategy yesterday on contending with wage gaps between men and women, calling for cooperation from the Icelandic Federation of Labor (ASÍ) and the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA).

The Ministry of Finance will also participate in the minister’s project. Two groups from each ministry will work on finding a solution to continued inequality between men and women in the labor market, Morgunbladid reports.

Audur Magndís Leiknisdóttir, spokesperson for the Feminist Association of Iceland, said at the association’s meeting yesterday that Sigurdardóttir’s new strategy was promising, adding that those attending the meeting seemed optimistic.

The Association of Economists and Business Administrators presented yesterday its study on wages in Iceland in 2007, revealing that the wage gap between men and women, considering education, occupation and age, has increased from 6.8 percent in 2003 to 8.8 percent in 2007.

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