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Pastors “Fiercely Object” to Salary Freeze

The Association of Icelandic Pastors has issued a strongly worded statement of protest against the so-called “wage council bill” which is currently under consideration in parliament. RÚV reports that among the bill’s provisions is one that would freeze church salaries until the Church of Iceland and the government come to an agreement about revised state contributions to the church.

In their statement, the board of the Association of Icelandic Pastors said that they “fiercely object to the plans to ‘freeze’ the salaries of bishops, suffragan bishops, archdeacons, and pastors of the Church of Iceland for an indefinite period of time.” Under normal circumstances, continues the statement, the salaries of the aforementioned religious leaders would be reviewed for increases every year, as salaries are in other professions.

In that there is currently no revised agreement on the table for the state’s contributions to the national church, the association says that is “unacceptable to link these together and put such conditions on the revision of the agreement and wages of those mentioned here,” particularly as these individuals “have no involvement in these negotiations.”

Therefore, the association asserts, the provisional bill “severely undercuts the legal protections that the current agreement guarantees” and should be “amended without delay.”

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