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Salaries Increase for Physicians in Iceland

The Physicians Association of Iceland signed a short-term agreement with the state on Wednesday, valid from September 1, 2008 and until March 31, 2009. Their basic monthly salaries increase by ISK 20,000 (USD 172, EUR 124) along with higher overtime payments.

“This agreement brings us a roughly six percent increase on average,” chairman of the negotiation committee for the Physicians Association Gunnar Ármannsson told Fréttabladid.

Ármannsson said the new agreement is better than the one physicians rejected at the end of June, 2008, which included only a four percent pay raise.

“The agreement brings us what we requested last summer, when we wanted comparable pay raises to other associations of university graduates,” Ármannsson said, however adding that the basic salaries for some groups of young physicians are still lower than the basic salaries of midwives, whose salaries recently increased by more than 20 percent.

According to Ármannsson, it was more sensible to make a short-term agreement now and continue with the fight for higher wages next spring.

Click here to read about midwives reaching an agreement with the state on higher salaries after staging a series of strikes.

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