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Nurses in Iceland Demand Pay Rise

Nurses in Iceland are asking for a ISK 90,000 (USD 740, EUR 566) pay rise for nursing graduates. Around 300 nurses gathered in front of Landspítali, the national hospital, yesterday to protest the wage increase of hospital director Björn Zoëga by ISK 450,000 (USD 3,700, EUR 2,800).

landspitali-hallgrimskirkja_domOverview of Landspítali hospital in Reykjavík. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

They are demanding a pay rise as well as wage improvements, which they have not received as a result of budget cuts, Morgunblaðið reports.

Nurses signed a collective wage agreement in June last year and have since been working to have it turned into an institutional contract.

They are demanding a ISK 370,000 (USD 3,000, EUR 2,300) per month starting salary for daytime work for nursing graduates.

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