Iceland -Large wage strikes announced -May 02, 2015

Several strikes announced as workers demands concern wage increases and job-related education.

Several strikes are announced for the month of May as talks with Business Iceland ended without results.  Worker demands in all cases concern wage increases, but the trade unions have also emphasised the need for new terms regarding job-related education. Earlier on workers in the trade union of General and Special Workers (SGS) voted overwhelmingly in favour of work stoppages culminating in a general strike on May 26. Opinion polls indicate that the general public not only supports union demands to raise the minimum wage – they would demand even more than unions are asking.


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