Resolution against the proposals of SA

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In the current collective negotiations the confederation of employers, SA, has proposed changes to the working time and calculations of wages. These ideas are to expand the daytime working frame from 10 to 13 hours, to remove coffee breaks from paid hours, and to lengthen the accounting period for overtime work. The board, delegate council and negotiation committee of Efling consider this a great leap backwards in conditions of work in the Icelandic labour market.

The board, delegate council and negotiation committee of Efling reject the proposal of less pay for work outside the current daytime hours, reject the selling of coffee breaks as a means to shorten the working week, and reject increased powers for employers to decide when work counts as overtime and when it doesn’t.

The board, delegate council and negotiation committee of Efling point out that a shorter working week is the demand of many unions. It is an idea which is gaining acceptance and support in the wider society. The board, delegate council and negotiation committee of Efling deplore the efforts of SA to stand in the way of this progress. We regret that SA has chosen, instead, to propose cuts to the rights of workers about limits to working time.

The board, delegate council and negotiation committee of Efling reiterate their demand that working people should be able to live off their wage. That is the goal of the collective agreements. Their goal is not to introduce inhuman social experiments on the terms of bosses, and at the cost of workers.

Agreed by the board of Efling, January 17, 2019
Agreed by the delegate council of Efling, January 17, 2019
Agreed by the negotiation committee of Efling, January 17, 2019