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Doctors’ Wage Dispute Still Unresolved

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Doctors’ Wage Dispute Still Unresolved

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A meeting between the delegations of doctors and the Icelandic state ended at 7:30 pm yesterday without a solution to the ongoing wage dispute. A new meeting was scheduled this morning. If the dispute remains unresolved, doctors will strike again in one week.

Chair of the Reykjavík Medical Association Arna Guðmundsdóttir told ruv.is that she is disappointed that so little was achieved after yesterday’s discussions. State negotiator Magnús Pétursson explained that people are still exchanging ideas.

According to RÚV’s sources, these ideas mostly concern a different work arrangement, including fewer working hours and a higher basic salary.

“I understand … that the negotiation parties are still far apart in spite of the long meeting yesterday,” Arna said. “Hopefully, progress can be made today.”

Arna added that if an agreement cannot be reached before the end of this year, more doctors will likely seek other employment. The state is sending them a serious message, she stated.

A meeting will also be held in the wage dispute between surgeons and the state later today.

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