Iceland - Strike actions hotel workers and bus drivers - March 31, 2019

After the labour court ruled that the process was fully legal, several hundred workers in hotel and guesthouse cleaning and laundry services in Reykjavik and the surrounding area went on a one day strike on 8 March 2019. The hotel workers organised the strike to protest low payment in the sector and was part of a broader union campaign (see our February newsletter). A 48-hour strike action, in which bus drivers would also participate and that was planned for the end of the month, was cancelled the day before the strike action would take place. However, the cancelled strike doesn’t mean that the threat of industrial action in the country is over. Trade union Efling has planned more strikes in the coming weeks in order urge employers to meet their demands for a living wage. The unions also wants tax relief, rent control, and actual penalties for companies which violate labour contracts and the law.

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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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