Strike March 28-29 cancelled: Limited but significant progress

Efling – union has cancelled its call to strike on March 28 and 29, which were due to start in a few hours. Efling cancels the strikes in light of a new basis for talks, which has now been presented on behalf of the employers’ association, SA. This turn of events took place in the state mediator’s office in the late afternoon. Other parts of the planned strikes are still going ahead. The next set Read more…

Bus strike on March 28-29: Information

Update: Strike March 28-29 cancelled There is a strike in bus companies in the capital area and its surroundings on Thursday and Friday, for 48 hours in total. Bus drivers who are members in Efling are called on to protect the strike. The strike will be protected in two shifts, one starting at 2am and the other at 7am on each day. To enlist for strike patrolling and to apply for strike pay, you come to the offices Read more…

Strikes in hotels, March 28-29

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 Read more…

Ingólfur and the strike

Efling staff have repeatedly been subjected to harassment by Ingólfur Haraldsson, the hotel manager of Hilton Nordica, in their dealings with the hotel in recent weeks. He has responded to reasonable requests with rudeness and today laid hands on a union staffer. Today, one of six pickets of hotel workers on strike was to depart from Nordica, which is part of the international Hilton chain. Ingólfur greeted the group and told them to get off Read more…

Strike information for buses, Friday, March 22

If you are in Efling or VR, and you work in a bus company (except Strætó buses), you go on strike. It does not matter whether you voted or which department you work in, or whether the company 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 bus companies. The only exceptions are top managers Read more…

Strikes in hotels

What is happening? Hotel workers in Efling – union have voted on a strike. Over 90% agreed. This means there is a legal strike starting Friday, March 22. (Work restrictions, supposed to start on March 18, have been ruled illegal.) Why do we strike? Hotels 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. This Read more…

Greyline boss: employees will earn more, work shorter hours, spend more time with their families

In a statement published on Vísir, Þórir Garðarsson, a board member for Greyline, one of the largest tourism companies in Iceland, describes how “flexibilization” of working time will lead to greater freedom from work, better rates and shorter working hours. He claims that the last summer brought a real tourist boom, and that there is more work than ever for the sector. Yet, we work longer and harder, which necessitates Þórir  to craft a simple Read more…

Strikes begin on Friday

Efling – union expresses disappointment with the verdict of the Labor court in the case filed by the Confederation of Icelandic enterprise (SA) against the union regarding the micro-strikes and work stoppages called by the union and scheduled to begin on March 18th. “It’s a shame that our members do not get to make full use of their right to strike. These actions are moderate and are meant to be incremental in nature, as opposed Read more…

When is a toilet not a toilet? On the SA’s lawsuits

The employers’ association, SA, has again issued a lawsuit against strikes called by Efling. This time, the lawsuit targets mild workplace actions in hotels and bus companies. The actions were planned with workers in the relevant industries, and are designed to put pressure on employers without crippling the workplaces. Efling is calling these strikes after long-winded negotiations, where our demands for a living wage were rejected. Instead, the SA has drawn out the talks by Read more…