From Iceland — University Teachers To Vote On Strike This Week

University Teachers To Vote On Strike This Week

Published April 7, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Julia Staples

The Association of University Teachers is set to vote on a strike on April 9. If approved, the strike would take place from April 25 to May 10 – a time when university exams are held.

The demands of the teachers focus first and foremost on what they say is a discrepancy in wages. Whilst all academics are supposed to have the same requirements and meet the same standards of performance, the wages of professors have decreased in comparison to other academics.

The University of Iceland Student Rights Office has already begun a petition, directed at parliament in general and Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson in particular, to meet the demands of these teachers. The students contend that a strike could cause major problems regarding not only exam times, but also student loan payments, summer jobs and summer vacations.

At the time of this writing, nearly 3,000 people have signed the petition, although the strike could directly affect some 14,000 students.

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