Around 2,000 primary school teachers, who are on strike, attended a rally at Ingólfstorg in downtown Reykjavík this morning. The teachers then gathered at the city hall to demand a wage increase. Mayor Jón Gnarr said he intends to take up the matter at a meeting of the city council, ruv.is reports.
Hulda María Magnúsdóttir, a teacher at Foldaskóla, led the rally. “We are fighting for better wages. Now teachers need to complete five years of university education but wages have not followed. This means that in the spring there were 20 people who graduated as teachers from university but in Reykjavík alone there are 50 positions being advertised. This says everything that needs to be said about this situation; that the wages are scaring people off,” she said.
Negotiations will continue this afternoon.