Iceland - High pay increases for senior civil servants disputed - August 31, 2016

Union leaders are outraged at plans to give senior civil servants significant pay rises – in some cases as high as 48%. The National Remuneration Board has agreed to double-figure percentage pay rises for heads of government agencies and committee chairpersons – on top of the 7.15% rise they already receive as of 1 June. Most of the pay rises in question will also be backdated to 1 December 2014. The Federation of State and Municipal Employees (BSRB) said the decision is out of step with the rises given to others on the labour market; the argument that increased work pressure justifies such big increases applies to all workers, not just senior officials. BSRB stated that the pay rise for already well-paid people increases inequality in society.

English: http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/politics_and_society …  

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