Efling calls for open negotiations with the mayor

Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, chairman of Efling, has informed mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson that Efling will not engage in further talks with the city’s negotiating committee, beyond that which is required by law. The negotiating committee spread misleading information to the press from the negotiation meeting with the state mediator regarding the proposal put forth by Efling on January 16th, thus violating both the rules of confidentiality and the law. The negotiating committee of Efling demands Read more…

Offer presented

The negotiation committee of Efling vis-a-vis Reykjavík city made an offer today for a new collective agreement. It was presented to the city’s negotiation committee at the state mediator’s office at 1pm today. The city’s representatives did not want to continue talks today. The state mediator instead scheduled another meeting for Tuesday at 10:30am. Voting on a strike proposal prepared by the Efling negotiation committee will commence at noon on Tuesday. The photo is of Read more…

Strike vote for Reykjavík city begins on January 21

A vote on the calling of a strike among members of Efling who work for Reykjavík city starts at noon on Tuesday, January 21, and concludes at noon on Sunday, January 26. Balloting will take place online. For those who can’t vote online are invited to cast their ballot at the union’s office and in a mobile polling station which will be driven between workplaces. An exceptions committee will process requests for minimum staffing at Read more…

Preparations underway for strike actions in the City

The negotiating committee of Efling responsible for negotiating with the City of Reykjavík has accepted a proposal for a work stoppage action which is planned for February. The union’s members are required to approve the proposal and preparations for a vote are underway in the Efling offices. According to the proposal, strike actions lasting for half and whole days will take place with increasing frequency in the previous half of February and a strike action Read more…

A petition for the municipal authorities to conclude negotiations as soon as possible

Union representatives from the city’s workplaces today handed to the mayor of Reykjavík a petition for the city to conclude negotiations with its staff. Lists of signatures have circulated in workplaces and almost 1000 signatures were obtained. Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson welcomed the group and said that he agreed that negotiations must be concluded as soon as possible in a fair manner. Although he was not confident that such a goal might be achieved, he Read more…

Visiting Miðborg

Today, Ragnar Ólason and Efling organizers visited the kindergarten Miðborg to discuss negotiations with the city and to hear the staff out. The welfare of kids being taken care of in the kindergartens was on people’s mind. In Iceland, children spend more time in kindergarten during the day than in neighbouring countries, as our working week is longer. In addition to this longer stay and accompanying work, the kindergartens have suffered cuts, which leads to Read more…

Visiting Hvassaleiti

A woman working 80% in home care at Reykjavík city, with nearly 30 years’ experience, gets just about 220 thousand per month. Her son, who has just begun working, was hired by an electronics store. He gets higher pay than his mother from day one. Can anyone explain to them why her work and experience is less valuable than an inexperienced clerk’s? The home workers in Hvassaleiti were ready to fight for better conditions when Read more…

Visiting Múlaborg

“After working nearly 30 years I get just 250,000kr in pocket for working 7 hours a day. Of this, 240,000kr goes into rent!” The woman who said this started working in kindergartens 17 years old. She now works at Múlaborg, which Sólveig Anna and Ragnar Ólason visited today. What does she have left after paying rent? Ten thousand! This is not just her reality. It’s also the daily life of most of those keeping the Read more…

Visiting Njarðargata

There were heated discussions in Sólveig Anna and Ragnar Ólason’s visit to the neighbourhood upkeep centre in Njarðargata yesterday. The centre was one of the workplaces where Reykjavík city trialled a shorter working week. People here were very happy with it and agreed that the measure was very successful and important to them. They reported their satisfaction in survey after survey, which the city administration made them answer both before and during the trial. The Read more…

Visiting Vitatorg

Yesterday Sólveig Anna and Ragnar Ólason visited the Reykjavík city workers in domestic service at Vitatorg. They talked about the current state of negotiations with the city and the condition of workers. Our members explained the increased strain they’re working under. More and more tasks are piled on them without corresponding increases in pay. It’s completely clear that care workers can’t always simply be forced to work harder and run faster. Domestic service workers are Read more…