Iceland - Midwives continue their fight for better wages - May 31, 2018

 Because negotiations on a new collective agreement with better wages failed the country’s 95 independent midwives that go on home visits went on strike last month. They asked for a new agreement with a 13.8% salary increase (see our April newsletter). The midwives have been fighting to improve their pay for nearly two years. With the midwives on strike, the hospitals will have to deal with all deliveries of new-borns. The independent midwives have made a deal with the government. Currently, the midwives working for the National University Hospital of Iceland have announced that they will refuse to take any extra shifts from 1 May until a new collective labour agreement is struck between the state and the Icelandic Midwives’ Association. Shortly after that, the midwives from Akureyri Hospital have also taken action.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter or consult the archive with all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.euYou may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

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