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Opposition to Free School Lunches

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

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Photo: Golli.

As a precondition to newly signed collective bargaining agreements, primary school lunches will be free. This will save a family with two children approximately ISK 40,000 [$292, €268] per month.

The initiative is to be funded 75% by the Treasury and 25% by municipalities, who operate the primary schools. However, 26 representatives of the centre-right Independence Party in municipalities across Iceland wrote an article Thursday, criticising the head of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities for agreeing to the initiative, which they oppose.

School lunches key to the agreement

Vilhjálmur Birgisson, president of the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland (SGS), told Vísir today that there would be no long-term collective bargaining agreement without the free school lunches. He said the initiative would help families a lot.

He added that the Independence Party representatives were using the labour unions in political chess and that a new agreement was yet to be made with the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities. “I believe 99% of municipalities will keep their promise,” he said. “If any individual municipalities won’t, then we can’t make a new agreement with them in February of next year.”

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