Teachers to Get up to 30 Percent Wage Increase

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Teachers to Get up to 30 Percent Wage Increase

By Zoë Robert
Reykjavík

Photo: Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

Primary school teachers will get a 21 to 30 percent wage increase according to a new wage agreement signed on Tuesday night, ruv.is reports. 

The negotiation committees of the teachers and the municipalities signed an agreement which runs until the end of 2016. The agreement was presented to teachers on Wednesday night and will be put to a vote in the coming days.

Teachers’ salaries will increase by 7.3 percent for teaching from May 1 this year and teachers who have been working longer can choose whether to waive their entitlement to a reduced teaching timetable (teachers usually make up the extra time by working on other school projects) and instead work the extra hours, in which case they will get a wage increase of 9 percent on August 1.

Teachers’ salaries will increase a further 2 percent at the beginning of next year and 9.5 percent on May 1, 2015. At the beginning of 2016, wages will increase another 2 percent resulting in a 29.8 percent increase for those who work the extra hours and 20.8 percent for those who don’t.

Teachers have been striking in recent months, demanding better pay and conditions.

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