The Association of Icelandic Nurses has decided to cancel its lawsuit against the State over the government’s law earlier this summer which forced striking nurses back to work.
A statement from the Association states that the case has been withdrawn following the Supreme Court’s decision last week to side with the government in a similar case brought by the BHM union of academics over the same law.
The Association believes that last week’s Supreme Court decision shows that the District Court would be unlikely to side with the nurses on many of the points they raise in their case and that it is unlikely the court case will bring members the outcome they have been hoping for. Court cases are also expensive, it is worth noting.
RÚV reports that the nurses have not changed their minds and still believe they are in the right, with their statement expressing disappointment with the ruling of the Supreme Court.
They also publicly muse whether the ruling might mean that unions’ right to strike is not being given the due legal respect the national constitution calls for.