Iceland -Protest song against wage inequality -March 27, 2015

The workers were being treated to free ice cream at a time when they have been fighting for wage increases. The workers are annoyed and likely to soon go on strike.

HB Grandi fish factory workers in Akranes were recently ‘rewarded’ for record profits at the company by being treated to free popsicles. The ice cream comes at a time when workers have been fighting for wage increases, and are likely to soon go on strike. Assisted by the trade union one worker, Jónína Björg Magnúsdóttir, decided she was not going to take this sitting down, and put together a response to management in the form of a song. The protest is against the fact that there is no money for improved wages, whilst at the same time it is possible to pay 2.7 billion ISK in dividends to the owner of the company.


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