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Meetings Unsuccessful, More Strikes Coming Up

BHM strike

BHM protesting earlier this month. Photo: BHM/Facebook.

The meeting between representatives of the Association of Academics (BHM) and the Icelandic state ended without a conclusion yesterday. A new meeting is scheduled tomorrow. Today, there are three weeks since member associations of BHM began striking.

Yesterday, VR Trade Union and the Commercial Federation of Iceland (LÍV) declared that their negotiations on wages with Business Iceland (SA) had proven unsuccessful and that talks had been aborted, ruv.is reports. A strike is planned at the end of May.

The same goes for Flóabandalagið, the umbrella organization for labor unions in Southwest Iceland. They were unable to negotiate with SA and are now planning strikes.

The Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) will launch the first strikes on Thursday—no meeting has been scheduled in their wage dispute.

Fisheries company HB Grandi has reached an agreement with fish processing staff in Reykjavík, Akranes and Vopnafjörður on fixed bonus payments, as the company announced yesterday. Salaries will consequently increase by 9.3-18.0 percent, mbl.is reports.

Not including the bonus payments, the basic salaries will increase from ISK 286,000 to ISK 325,000 (from USD 2,119 and EUR 1,944 to USD 2,408 and EUR 2,209) per month on average, or by 13.6 percent.

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