A strike of close to 5,000 members of SFR Union of Public Workers and the Icelandic Union of Nurses’ Aides began at midnight, Vísir reports. An offer from the State presented yesterday is still being analyzed by union members, as well as by the Police Federation of Iceland. Police officers do not have the right to strike.
The strike affects numerous institutions and offices, as well as liquor stores.
Landspítali University Hospital Director Páll Matthíasson says an emphasis will be placed on providing emergency services and ensuring patient safety. The strike impacts all hospital units. Scheduled operations must be postponed and hospital service will be reduced in outpatient as well as inpatient care. Support services, such as transport, phone service and computer support will also be affected.
There will be no instruction at the University of Iceland today, except for classes taught at Háskólabíó cinema, says University President Jón Atli Benediktsson.
Liquor stores will be closed today and tomorrow, but open Saturday. They will be closed again Monday and Tuesday.
No flights have been canceled, but because of passport control delays, some flights could be delayed.
Some secondary schools could be affected, since many janitors, as well as support staff, are on strike.
County offices will hardly operate at all, since phones are not answered and service agents on strike. Only people with prior appointments will be served. No passports will be issued and neither marriage nor divorce certificates.
The service center of the Social Insurance Administration is closed during the strike and no social workers available, but phones will be answered.