From Iceland — Journalists May Strike

Journalists May Strike

Published May 9, 2015

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Cohdra/Creative Commons

The Union of Icelandic Journalists (BÍ) could be one of the next unions to go on strike, possibly as early as this month.

Kjarninn reports that BÍ has already referred their demands to state collective bargaining officials, and their next negotiations meeting with management will be on May 13. Hjálmar Jónsson, the chairperson of the union, told reporters that a demand has been made to raise wages in keeping with the wage increases being asked for by larger unions, such as the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS). If an agreement cannot be reached, a strike becomes a distinct possibility.

Hjálmar also said demands have been made for changes to the wage system, such as how shift work is organised and overtime associated with shift work.

Representatives from 365 (e.g. Stöð 2 and Fréttablaðið), Árvakur (Morgunblaðið), and RÚV are taking part in the negotiations.


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