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Upcoming Strikes in Iceland, Widespread Effects

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Upcoming Strikes in Iceland, Widespread Effects

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Surgeries will be postponed as a consequence of the strikes. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

After an unsuccessful meeting between representatives of the Association of Academics (BHM) and the Icelandic state at the office of the State Negotiator this morning, it looks as if many of the association’s members will go on strike next Tuesday.

“People are now demanding that workers who haven’t invested in any education receive a monthly salary of ISK 300,000 [USD 2,200, EUR 2,000]. Our lowest rates don’t equal that amount so we have a lot to gain,” Páll Halldórsson, chair of BHM, told Vísir. “We want education to be valued.”

Among those set to go on strike are people with a university degree working in the food industry, at the government offices, lawyers, natural scientists, midwives, X-ray technicians and biomedical scientists. Surgeries will be postponed as a consequence.

The legality of part of the strikes that have been called for is disputed and the state has filed charges against some of BHM’s member associations.

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