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Reykjavík City Employees Strike Tomorrow

Over 1,800 employees of the City of Reykjavík who are members of Efling Union will strike tomorrow, February 4, between 12.30pm and midnight. A majority of these employees work within the school system, and most of those at preschools, which will be see shortened hours or closures as a result. Garbage collection and the city’s welfare department will also be impacted.

Contract negotiations between the City and Efling Union have so far been unsuccessful. The parties met today in a last-minute effort to avoid the strike, but as Efling’s director Viðar Þorsteinsson told RÚV, “Nothing came forth from the City that creates a basis for negotiation.”

Efling members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the strike, with 95.5% supporting strike measures throughout February. Voter turnout was relatively high, at just under 60%. Tomorrow’s strike is the first of five temporary strikes which are scheduled this month as follows:

Tuesday, February 4 from 12.30pm to 11.59pm.

Thursday, February 6 from 12.01am to 11.59pm.

Tuesday, February 11 from 12.30pm to 11.59pm.

Wednesday, February 12 from 12.01am to 11.59pm.

Thursday, February 13 from 12.01am to 11.59pm.

Efling Union members who work for the City of Reykjavík will strike indefinitely starting Monday, February 17 at 12.01am unless an agreement is reached before that time.

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