Voting has begun on a planned hotel workers’ strike set to take place on March 8. After wage negotiations broke down between the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise (SA) and workers’ unions last week, Efling Union began to prepare for strike action. Workers who the strike pertains to have until Thursday to vote on the issue.
“Workers of Iceland have long had to endure a trend of low wages and uncontrollable inequality,” states a press release about the strike on Efling’s website. “Workers have created wealth and prosperity for their bosses with their work, but despite this employers have refused to accept the fair demands of Efling and the other co-operating unions. A strike is a tried and tested, and legally protected, method for unions to even the scales of the negotiation process for its members.”
The proposed one-day strike would apply to Efling members who work in cleaning, housekeeping, and laundry services in hotels and guest houses in the Reykjavík capital area as well as some nearby municipalities. The work stoppage will begin at 10.00am on March 8 and will finish at 11.59pm on the same day, unless the collective agreement between the unions and SA has been signed before this time. Members can vote online by secret ballot or in a mobile polling station which will drive between workplaces during the week.