MP’s Worried About Possible University Teachers Strike - The Reykjavik Grapevine

MP’s Worried About Possible University Teachers Strike

Published April 15, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Julia Staples

As university teachers get ready to vote on a strike today, MP Haraldur Einarsson urges the Minister of Finance to prioritise reaching a resolution, reports Vísir.

“People shape the future should not have to call a strike,” said Progressive Party MP Haraldur Einarsson in parliament yesterday. Haraldur also said that in the past few days MP’s have received around 3000 emails from university students demanding the government react.

Several members of parliament expressed worry over the possibility of strike and asked the Minister of Finance, Bjarni Benediktsson, to deal with the issue sooner rather than later.

As reported, The Association of University Teachers is set to vote on a strike today. 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 on wages. Although 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.


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