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Efling chairperson Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir.
Photo: Efling chairperson Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir.

Wage Negotiations Continue

State-mediated wage negotiations between six unions and the Icelandic Confederation of Enterprise (SA) continue today, RÚV reports. Meetings were postponed yesterday, when Ragnar Þór Ingólfsson, VR Union’s chairperson, stated the uncertainty of WOW air’s situation affected the state of negotiations.

Ragnar stated that the parties have yet to discuss payroll, but added that he was optimistic the issue would be on today’s agenda and could be addressed quickly and efficiently. VR and Efling Unions have several strikes scheduled over the coming weeks. The next is a two-day strike beginning on March 28. Scheduled strikes will mostly affect tour buses, public bus service, and hotels.

Ragnar Þór stated it was too early in negotiations to say whether strike action would be postponed.

Fourteen strike violations reported

Fourteen strike violations were reported during a one-day strike organised by VR and Efling last Friday. The unions, however, do not intend to take action on the violations at this time. The most common violations included employees from other unions doing the work of striking union members, which Efling considers to be a strike violation while employers do not. Efling has stated they will increase surveillance during the upcoming strikes – if they go ahead as planned.

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