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Workers’ Rights Violated in North Iceland

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Workers’ Rights Violated in North Iceland

Driving in Northeast Iceland

The road to justice can be bumpy. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The rights of fifty workers, hired by a Polish subcontractor to work on the geothermal power station at Þeistareykir, North Iceland, were violated, according to RÚV. The company, which is a subcontractor of LNS Saga, failed to pay them minimum wage.

The men worked 68 hours a week and were paid ISK 1,200 (USD 9.53, EUR 8.51) an hour. Framsýn Union leader, Aðalsteinn A. Baldursson, told Fréttablaðið the union fought to have the pay of more than 40 workers corrected last year. In collaboration with the Directorate of Labor, an agreement was reached with the company to follow Icelandic law and regulations.

Fréttablaðið reports that up to 800 workers will be employed at Þeistareykir and that Framsýn Union has added a representative to monitor the project.

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