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…

Strike information for hotels, Friday, March 22

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. Come 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…

On strikes in hotels and bus companies

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 Read more…

The big hotels are no paradise

The CEO of Hótel Saga says in Fréttablaðið today that it’s “strange” to focus strike action on the large hotels. “They are mostly taking care to stick to the laws and regulations,” the CEO is quoted as saying. This is not in accordance with our reports from the field, whether from big hotels or small. Our union representatives in large hotel chains have reported to us that management is taking down names of staff that Read more…

On the government’s tax proposals

The government’s proposed tax decreases are far below expectations. However, on further inspection, questions arise about its content and implementation. The finance minister’s slide show was clearly designed to make the proposals look better than they are and some parts of it don’t add up at all. On other issues there are very serious questions. The personal tax credit, the slides say, would be frozen during the plan’s implementation — from 2020 to 2022. It Read more…