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Strike: Hospitals, Offices, Liquor Stores

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Strike: Hospitals, Offices, Liquor Stores

Landspítali National University Hospital

Landspítali University Hospital. Photo: Sverrir H. Geirmundsson.

A strike, which could begin Wednesday night, would affect hospitals, various government offices and all liquor stores, RÚV reports.

Almost 5,000 members of SFR Union of Public Servants and the Icelandic Union of Nurses’ Aides will go on strike Wednesday at midnight if an agreement with the state hasn’t been reached by then. Should this happen, the services of a number of institutions will be considerably affected, having a domino effect.

About 3,800 members of SFR and 1,100 nurses aides could be going on strike. There are about 1,000 members of SFR working at Landspítali University Hospital, 300 of whom will be exempt from striking since they must provide emergency service.

Secretaries, consultants and support staff at psychiatric units, as well as workers taking care of transport within hospitals, are among those striking. Of the 1,100 nurses’ aides who will be striking, 400 work at Landspítali. It’s not clear how many might be exempt from the strike.

Secretaries at the Primary Health Care of the Capital Area will be striking, and the strike will seriously affect the services of county offices, where about two thirds of the workers are members of SFR. The registration of documents can’t take place during the strike, since documents won’t be received or delivered.

The strike will affect the Directorate of Customs, the information department at the The Icelandic Road Administration, Icelandic Health Insurance, the Icelandic Transport Authority, the Directorate of Labor, the Directorate of Internal Revenue, the University of Iceland, the Icelandic National Registry, and other institutions. Shows will be canceled at the Icelandic National Theater and the Icelandic Liquor Stores will be closed.
The strikes at Landspítali, county offices, the Directorate of Internal Revenue and the Directorate of Customs have no time limit while others will be for 48 hours at a time.

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