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Industrial Workers in Iceland to Strike at Midnight

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Industrial Workers in Iceland to Strike at Midnight

Archive photo. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Six unions of industrial workers in Iceland will start striking at midnight tonight if a new wage agreement cannot be made with Business Iceland (SA), the confederation of Icelandic employers, by then. Talks ended late last night and a new meeting is scheduled today.

If negotiations prove unsuccessful, a total of 10,500 people will go on a seven-day strike, ruv.is reports.

These include members of Rafís, the union for electricians and electronics engineers; Matvís, the union for those working in catering and the food industry; VM, the Icelandic Union of Marine Engineers and Metal Technicians; Samiðn, a union for industrial workers of diverse professions, including ship builders, house builders and gardeners; Félag hársnyrtisveina, the union for hairdressers; and Grafía/FBM, the union for bookmakers.

The first three unions had planned a strike earlier this month but postponed it due to progress in talks with SA. According to ruv.is, the main emphasis lies on the joint interests of industrial workers, while the interests of each profession are also being discussed.

No new meeting has been scheduled to discuss the wages of nurses since a legislation forced them to return to work. Nurses and other health professionals are resigning en masse.

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