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Nurses Refuse to Work Overtime in July

The vast majority of nurses in Iceland, 95 percent, have agreed to refuse to work overtime as of July 10 in protest of low wages. The Association of Icelandic Nurses (FÍH) will meet with the government’s negotiation committee tomorrow.

Chairman of FÍH Elsa B. Fridfinnsdóttir told Fréttabladid that the message with their decision is clear. “The conclusion tells both us and the authorities that solidarity among nurses is strong and people are prepared to enforce better wage agreements than what we have been offered until now.”

“It also tells FÍH’s negotiation committee that although they will sign wage contracts similar to what we have been offered until now we will vote against them. We want more than what we have been offered,” Fridfinnsdóttir added.

In April, surgical and anesthesia nurses at the National Hospital of Iceland threatened to resign if plans for a new shift arrangement, with which they disagreed, would not be abolished. The nurses’ demands were met so they canceled the mass resignations.

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