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Workers’ Rights Violated by Contractors

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Workers’ Rights Violated by Contractors

From Húsavík. Photo: Gabriele Schneider

Subcontractors at Bakki, near Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, where a silicon factory is being constructed, have violated Icelandic law and salary contracts, according to Aðalsteinn Árni Baldursson, head of the union Framsýn.Some workers have received only ISK 150,000 (USD 1,226, EUR 1,100) a month for 120-130 percent work, mbl.is reports.

According to Aðalsteinn, the union’s calculations reveal that the men should have earned ISK 400,000 (USD 3,270, EUR 2,960). He states that most of the subcontractors in question are foreign.

Last week, Aðalsteinn discussed the issue at a meeting with Northeast Iceland police and union representatives.

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