Teachers Back at Work after Strike

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Teachers Back at Work after Strike

By Zoë Robert
Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík secondary school

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Secondary school teachers have returned to work after a three-week strike.

According to the new collective wage agreement negotiated late last week, salaries will be increased by 6.8 percent. Teachers will receive a 2.8 percent wage increase now, a further two percent in August and another 2 percent in January 2016. The agreement extends until October 2016, visir.is reports. 

Teachers had been demanding that wages be increased in line with comparable professions, as previously promised in an agreement with the state.

The strike affected around 20,000 students and fifteen teaching days were missed. Arrangements on concluding the teaching semester to make up for the lost teaching days have been made.

Members of the Association of University Teachers in Akureyri have voted in favor of going on strike from April 28 to May 12. The strike falls during the university exam period, ruv.is reports. 

The Association of University Teachers of Iceland is also set to vote on the issue.

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