Midwives Sign New Contract

While not all of their demands were met in the new contract, the wage difference between midwives and nurses is no longer at issue.


Resignations among Nurses in Iceland Reach 158

A total of 189 healthcare professionals, among them 158 nurses, have resigned at Landspítali National University Hospital since a bill was passed to stop the strike of nurses on June 13. Twenty percent, or 88 of the resignations, are among nurses working at the hospital’s operations ward. If...


Industrial Workers in Iceland Postpone Strikes

The six-day strike planned by three unions of industrial workers: Rafís, the union for electricians and electronics engineers; Matvís, the union for those working in catering and the food industry; and VM, the Icelandic Union of Marine Engineers and Metal Technicians, which was supposed to start...

Reykjavík domestic airport

Electric Technicians Set to Strike in Iceland

Members of Rafís, the union for electricians and electronics engineers in Iceland, are planning a six day strike as of midnight tomorrow unless new wage agreements can be reached with Business Iceland (SA), the confederation of Icelandic employers, before then.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

New Action Plan for Labor Market Presented

The government of Iceland presented an action plan in 11 parts at a press conference this morning, aimed at expediting the design of new wage contracts and calming the current unrest in the labor market. The measures concern taxation, welfare and housing.

BHM strike

Some Unions Postpone Strikes

Representatives from trade unions VR, Efling, Hlíf, VSFK and the Commercial Federation of Iceland (LÍV), have issued a joint statement declaring that a series of strikes planned to begin next Thursday, May 28, will be postponed by five days.

Icelandair plane

Interruptions in Flights Due to Impending Strike

The majority of members of trade union VR, to which air workers belong, voted today in favor of striking. The strike may interrupt flight schedules; unless an agreement in the wage dispute can be reached in time, air workers are set to strike on May 31 and June 1, and then indefinitely from June...

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Applications for Pig Slaughtering Deferred

All applications for pig slaughtering were deferred earlier today at the meeting of the Icelandic Veterinary Association’s (IVA) strike-exemption committee. The applications will be reevaluated tomorrow and their outcome is expected to be largely dependent on the results of today’s negotiations...

BHM march May 1

State Makes Offer to Striking Union

The Icelandic state has made an informal offer to the Association of Academics (BHM), whose member associations are on strike, affecting the operation of Landspítali National University Hospital, among other institutions and companies.

BHM strike

Nurses to Strike in Iceland

Icelandic nurses have overwhelmingly approved a vote to go on strike. Seventy-six percent of nurses voted in the poll and of those 90 percent voted in favor of industrial action.