Strikes in hotels, March 28-29

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Update: Strike March 28-29 cancelled

There are strikes in hotels again on Thursday and Friday. The single-day strike on March 22 put pressure, but hasn’t resulted in a serious offer. Therefore, we are continuing with our strike plan in hotels and bus companies.

If you are in Efling or VR, and you work in a hotel listed below, you go on strike.

It does not matter whether you voted or which department you work in, or whether the hotel pays you as a contractor. It doesn’t even matter if you are registered in the wrong union – the strike applies to everyone working Efling or VR jobs in hotels.

The only exceptions are top managers and owners.

If you are in another union, and are asked to do extra work during the strike, you are probably being asked to break the strike, which is illegal. Show solidarity — respect the strike!

Those who are on strike can come to the picket to apply for strike pay. There will be four pickets each of the two days, check this list to see which one your hotel should come to.

Picket gathering points and times

  08:00 11:30
Meet at Austurvöllur: Hótel Saga Konsulat
  City Center Hotel Radison 1919
  Reykjavík Centrum Apotek
  Reykjavík Marina Borg
  Óðinsvé Exeter
  Leifur Eiríksson Plaza
  101 Hótel Arnarhvoll
  Nordica Þingholt
  Hótel Holt
  Grand hótel
  Rvk Lights
Meet at Hlemmur: City Park Hótel Natura
  Capital Inn Kex
  Fosshótel Reykjavík Fosshótel Barón
  Storm Fosshótel Lind
  Skuggi Fosshótel Rauðará
  Sand Hótel Klettur
  Frón Hótel Canopy
  Klöpp Hótel Örk
  Hótel Cabin Hótel Viking
  SkaldbreiðHótel Smári

Frequently asked questions

Why are we going on strike?

Efling is demanding a higher minimum wage, enough for the cost of living and rent in Reykjavík. This means 425,000 ISK/month. We are also demanding better protection of rights, and we want dignity for low wage workers in Iceland. The bosses have not agreed to our demands, and have made insultingly low offers. To show what our work means to the tourist economy, we are going on strike.

How will I know if I am going on strike or not?

Before a strike can happen, it needs to be approved by a member vote. Before that, it is normally discussed and pre-approved by Efling’s negotiations committee. When a strike vote happens, Efling will publicize it widely.

Who is allowed to do my job when I am on strike?

In Iceland, when a strike is called on a job, other workers are not allowed to do the job and replace them. For example, if maids in hotels go on strike, the people from reception cannot be asked to do their work in the meantime. A contractor can not be brought in to do your job if you are on strike. Similarly, your employer cannot ask you to step into the job of another worker who is on strike.

Doing another person’s job while they are on strike is called strike-breaking and is both shameful and illegal. Only owners and top managers are allowed to step in and do the job of a worker on strike.

What happens if I’m fired for striking?

Firing people for striking is illegal and punishable by law. The union has a legal team that will respond if employers try to threaten or discipline workers because of a strike.

Will I get paid during the strike?

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.

What if my boss asks me to come to work during the strike?

Any pressure or request to work during the strike is illegal. The union can sue the company for damages in such cases. If you are asked to do this, you can send us a message to

What is this I hear about the strike being illegal?

A portion of the strike proposals of Efling, which were about restrictions of duties at work, have been deemed illegal by the Labour Court. The remaining strike proposals were about regular strikes, and they will take place on the following days:

MARCH 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
  25 26 27 28 29 30 31
APRIL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28
MAY 29 30 1 2 3 4

Hotels on strike

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