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Equal pay bill.

Iceland’s Equal Pay Certificate Bill Gets Attn

The announcement by the Icelandic government Wednesday that it plans to introduce a bill in parliament, requiring companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality, has received attention world-wide.

Berufjörður, road closed.

Will Road Closure Pave Way for Funding?

Residents of the East Fjords are angry over the announcement Friday by Minister of Transport and Local Government Jón Gunnarsson to postpone improvements of the bumpy part of the Ring Road in Berufjörður fjord.

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir.

Minister Presents Plan to Fishermen

The negotiating committees of Icelandic fishermen and representatives of fisheries met with Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Kartín Gunnarsdóttir last night.

Fishing ship in Neskaupstaður, East Iceland.

Against Intervening in Fishermen’s Strike

Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir neither plans to intervene in the wage dispute of fishermen and fisheries with provisional legislation nor by changing the tax law.

Government offices, stjórnarráðið.

New Government Announced Tomorrow

The new Independence Party-Reform Party-Bright Future coalition government will be announced tomorrow and the new ministers formally take office on Wednesday. The government agenda is to be presented to the parties’ members tonight and made public tomorrow.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

No One Given Mandate to Form Government

After Pirate Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir returned the mandate to form a government yesterday afternoon, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent out a statement to the press.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Make or Break for Five-Party Talks

Today, it will be determined whether the five parties currently considering forging a government coalition, will launch formal talks. The Pirate Party and Social Democrats have declared themselves willing to take the step, the other three parties remain undecided.

Puzzle

Government Puzzle Unsolved

Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson and Left-Green Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir have decided not to start formal coalition negotiations.

Cocktail shaker set.

New Coalition Cocktail Being Mixed?

RÚV reports that Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson have informed Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson that an agreement has been reached to look into the possibility of forming a coalition between these two parties.

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