General workplace members of Efling union have voted to go on strike and did so by a wide margin in a postal ballot.
Efling is a general union covering workers in fields from retail to catering and hospitality to childcare.
VSFK members have also voted in favor of striking, with 96 percent yes votes. VSFK is a union based in Keflavík and centered largely on the fisheries sector.
The ballot ended at 12.00 today and was split into two different votes: one for workers under the general collective wage agreement and another for workers under the hospitality and guesthouses collective wage agreement, Vísir reported.
Efling is the second biggest union in Iceland.
A statement from Efling says that the results of the votes were as follows:
General wage agreement –9,063 eligible to vote
Votes cast 2,662 or 29.37%
Yes 2,503 or 94%
No 151 or 5.7%
Seven ballots were blank and one rejected, which is 0.3%
Hospitality and guesthouse staff agreement – 5,526 eligible to vote
Votes cast 817 or 14.8%
Yes 744 or 91.1%
No 70 or 8.6%
Three ballots were blank, which is 0.3%