On strikes in hotels and bus companies

Published by Efling on

Three sets of strikes have now been voted on: Firstly among workers in hotels, secondly among bus company workers, and thirdly among workers at Almenningsvagnar Kynnisferða, which services a part of the city bus routes of Strætó BS. All three were accepted with a large majority of ballots cast.

Why do we go on strike?

Company owners in the Icelandic tourist industry have made a lot of money in recent years, but still the working conditions and pay of workers are unacceptable. There is disrespect of workers and of their rights. Efling is demanding a minimum wage of 425,000ISK, but bosses do not want to pay it. There is a lot of pressure, long days, and a lot of extra work that is not paid. This has to change, and the strike will put pressure for it.

Weren’t the strikes ruled illegal?

The Labour Court deemed our proposals for work restrictions insufficiently clear and limited. However, the regular strikes are still happening as described below.

How will strike pay be distributed?

Those who are going on strike and have work or a shift when the strike takes place can get support from the strike fund. Wage loss will be fully compensated, based on an average of the total wages from the last six months — up to 550.000/month. A modest demand will be made for participation in strike patrolling or similar events. Those who can’t make it can be in touch with the union on April 1 and 2 for the March strike days.

When and how will the strike happen?

The strikes will take place in the following ways:

Strætó drivers working for Almenningsvagnar Kynnisferða

  • On weekdays from April 1 through May 1:
    • No driving from 7-9am and 4-6pm.

Regular strikes in hotels and bus companies

The following days there will be no work by Efling members in hotels and bus companies from midnight to midnight:

  • March 22 (1 day)
  • March 28-29 (2 days)
  • April 3-5 (3 days)
  • April 9-11 (3 days)
  • April 15-17 (3 days)
  • April 23-25 (3 days)
  • May 1 (until the strike is called off)

Read the full strike proposals

Proposal for a work stoppage at Almenningsvagnar Kynnisferða

Proposal for a work stoppage in hotels

Proposal for a work stoppage in bus driving

The hotels affected

Fosshótel ReykjavíkÞórunnartún 1, 105 Rvk.
Grand Hótel ReykjavíkSigtún 38, 105 Rvk.
Fosshótel BaronBarónsstígur 2-4, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Reykjavík CentrumAðalstræti 16, 101 Rvk.
Fosshótel RauðaráRauðarárstígur 37, 105 Rvk.
Fosshótel LindRauðarárstígur 18, 105 Rvk.
Hilton Reykjavík NordicaSuðurlandsbraut 2, 108 Rvk.
Icelandair Hótel Reykjavík NaturaNauthólsvegur 52, 101 Rvk.
Icelandair Hótel Reykjavík MarinaMýrargata 2-8, 101 Rvk.
Canopy Reykjavík – City CentreSmiðjustígur 4, 101 Rvk.
Reykjavík Konsúlat hótelHafnarstræti 17-19, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Plaza CenterHotelAðalstræti 4, 101 Rvk.
CenterHotel MiðgarðurLaugavegur 120, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Arnarhvoll CenterHotelIngólfsstræti 1, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Þingholt CenterHotelÞingholtsstræti 3-5, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Klöpp CenterHotelKlapparstígur 26, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Skjaldbreið CenterHotelLaugavegur 16, 101 Rvk.
Exeter HotelTryggvagata 12, 101 Rvk.
Reykjavík Lights HotelSuðurlandsbraut 12, 108 Rvk.
Skuggi HótelHverfisgata 103, 101 Rvk.
Hótel BorgPósthússtræti 9-11, 101 Rvk.
Storm HótelÞórunnartún 4, 105 Rvk.
Sand HótelLaugavegur 34, 101 Rvk.
Apótek HótelAusturstræti 16, 101 Rvk.
Hótel CabinBorgartún 32, 105 Rvk.
Hótel KletturMjölnisholt 12-14, 105 Rvk.
Hótel ÖrkBreiðumörk 1c, 810 Hveragerði
Radisson BLU Hótel SagaHagatorg 1, 107 Rvk.
Radisson BLU 1919 HótelPósthússtræti 2, 101 Rvk.
Hotel VíkingVíkingastræti 1-3, 220 Hfj.
Hótel HoltBergstaðastræti 37, 101 Rvk.
Hótel FrónLaugavegur 22a, 101 Rvk.
Hótel ÓðinsvéÞórsgata 1, 202 Rvk.
The Capital InnSuðurhlíð 35d, 105 Rvk.
City Center HotelAusturstræti 6, 101 Rvk.
City Park HotelÁrmúli 5j, 108 Rvk.
Kex HostelSkúlagata 28, 101 Rvk.
101 HótelHverfisgata 10, 101 Rvk.
Hótel Leifur EiríkssonSkólavörðustígur 45, 101 Rvk.
Hótel SmáriHlíðasmári 13, 201 Kópavogur