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Union Members Approve Collective Agreements

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Voting results are in for several collective agreements, Vísir reports. Members of Efling and VR unions, as well as members of unions belonging to the Federation of General and Special Workers (SGS) have approved the collective agreements signed by negotiators earlier this month. Though all agreements were approved with a strong majority, voter turnout was fairly low.

Only 12.78% of union members under SGS voted on their collective agreement. Of those who voted, 80.06% voted to approve the agreement, while 17.33% voted against it, and 2.61% did not take a stance.

Voter turnout among Efling members was lower still, at 10.16%. Of those who voted, 77.07% voted for the agreement, 20.59% voted against, and 2.34% remained neutral. Viðar Þorsteinsson, Efling’s Managing Director, expressed his satisfaction with the voting results, saying they represent firm support of the agreement. “We celebrate that [the collective agreement] has gone through. I think it’s to everyone’s advantage that there is such a firm outcome.”

Voter turnout was higher among VR Union members, who voted on two agreements, with the Icelandic Federation of Trade (FA) and the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA). More than one quarter of VR members voted on the collective agreement with FA, or 26.55%. Of those who voted, 88.47% voted for, 10.42% voted against, and 1.1% did not take a stance. VR’s collective agreement with SA was approved with an 88.35% majority, with 9.85% against and 1.7% neutral. Voter turnout was 20.85%.

This article has been updated.

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Author Einar Kárason.Laugardalslaug Pool Reykjavík.