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Wage Contracts Translated for Foreign Workers

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Wage Contracts Translated for Foreign Workers

New wage contracts signed by labor unions and representatives of the Icelandic government earlier this month are now being translated to English, Polish, Lithuanian and Russian so foreign-born workers in Iceland can study them.

Labor unions are currently preparing to introduce the contracts to their about 80,000 members around the country so that they can vote on them, which include nearly 2,000 workers who don’t understand Icelandic, Morgunbladid reports.

Representatives of labor unions say their foreign members take a keen interest in the new wage contracts. They have the potential to improve their salaries and working conditions considerably.

Ahús, the Intercultural Center in Reykjavík, translated the contracts for member unions of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor (ASÍ). Halldór Grönvold, assistant manager of ASÍ, said this is the first time that wage contracts have been introduced to labor union members in other languages than Icelandic.

The deadline for voting on the new wage contracts is March 10.

Click here to read more about the wage contracts.

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