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The Directorate of Labour Cancels Annual Celebration Due to Increased Workload

The Directorate of Labour has cancelled its intended annual workplace celebration due to an increased workload resulting from the bankruptcy of WOW Air, RÚV reports. The government agency has fielded around 700 applications for unemployment benefits this month alone.

According to Unnur Sverrisdóttir, the head of the Directorate of Labour, the intended trip was supposed to happen last weekend. Ironically, the agency’s workforce had planned on flying abroad via WOW Air, but nothing came of it.

“What we thought would be a normal April month has turned into something completely different,” Unnur says, explaining that the agency’s workload has increased quite a bit in the wake of WOW Air’s collapse.

The airlines bankruptcy caused around 1100 people to lose their job in one day, a record number in the Icelandic labour market according to Unnur.

The Directorate of Labour is planning on another trip for its workers, intended to take place once things slow down at their offices. Meanwhile, Unnur and other administrators at the agency urge people to show their employees their gratitude for a job well done, whilst they wait for their well-deserved annual celebration.

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