Iceland - Labour peace might be under pressure - January 31, 2019

At the start of the collective bargaining season it is clear that some industrial unrest may well be expected. While the government states that the budget leaves little to no room for wage increases the three big trade unions united in the demand to raise the minimum wage by about 40%. The unions justify this demand because current minimum wages are insufficient to cover the costs of living The unions stated that they are ready to fight for their demands and that they will join forces in this year’s collective bargaining. Together the unions have a huge part of the workforce behind them. In reaction to the wage demands of the trade unions, the government is already threatening to reconsider proposed tax cuts to the country’s lowest paid workers.

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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 © ETUI


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