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Pay Raise for Substitute City Councilors

The salaries of first substitute city councilors in Reykjavík will be raised as of September 1, 2010. A proposal to that regard was accepted at a meeting of the Reykjavík City Council presidium on Friday.

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Reykjavík City Hall. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

First substitute city councilors will now be paid 70 percent of the basic salaries of city councilors while the current arrangement of additional payments, curtailments and working facilities will continue to apply, visir.is reports.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, chair of the Independence Party in Reykjavík City Council, opposed the proposal. She reasoned that rationalization regarding salaries had been achieved in a fair manner last year.

“It is surprising that in spite of the good solidarity regarding these changes, the majority coalition of the Best Party and the Social Democrats decide to significantly raise the salaries of first substitute city councilors,” Kristjánsdóttir said in her evaluation.

She added that although the pay raise only applies to a few individuals and the estimated total cost of ISK 5 million (USD 43,000, EUR 33,000) in 2011 is not high in a broader context, the action is symbolic of wrong prioritization.

City councilors Björk Vilhemsdóttir, Sóley Tómasdóttir and Einar Örn Benediktsson replied that since the number of committees within the city had decreased at the beginning of this term, the additional cost is within limits.

“It is common that first substitute city councilors work extensively and they always have to be available. Their duties have not changed and it is therefore not fair that they won’t receive regular payment as had earlier been agreed upon,” the three wrote in their evaluation.

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