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Strike: No Passport, No Divorce

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Strike: No Passport, No Divorce

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There are examples of people not being able to leave the country during the strike of SFR Union of Public Workers, because passports are not being issued at county offices RÚV reports. Suðurnes District Commissioner Ásdís Ármannsdóttir reports that people can try getting into the Schengen Area using a driver’s license, but that cannot be guaranteed since driver’s licenses are in Icelandic only.

Neither passports nor driver’s licenses are issued during the strike, no registrations processed, and no payments received.

No divorce certificates are being issued and inheritance settlements can’t be processed. Still, death notices are received. Ásdís maintains people have been very patient, but she knows some have had to cancel their trips abroad.

Svanhvít Friðriksdóttir, public relations representative at WOW Air, claims that passengers are always required to carry a passport, which is the only valid piece of ID. They may have to present them at airports abroad. Minor delays have occurred in international flight, both with Icelandair and WOW Air, as a result of the strike.

Negotiations between the State and SFR and the Union of Nurse’s Aides are ongoing.

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