From Iceland — RVK Newscast 213: Parliament Is Back, People’s Party In Trouble

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Welcome back to RVK Newscast! In this episode, the editor-in-chief of the Reykjavík Grapevine, Valur Grettisson, is outside the Icelandic parliament to discuss all the latest news. Read on for more info and links!

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Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, the leader of Efling, one of Iceland’s largest unions, has been criticised for remarks she made in regards to access to Icelandic lessons for workers. Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, a professor emeritus of Icelandic at the University of Iceland, suggested in an interview that unions should include access to free Icelandic lessons during working hours as part of their list of demands when negotiating workers contracts this year. Sólveig Anna hit back, accusing the professor of being elitist and out of touch with workers needs. Read more here.

The Icelandic parliament—or Alþingi—reconvened today after the summer recess. On the agenda already are discussions regarding tax breaks for electric vehicles, and the government deficit.

Female members of the People’s Party have accused elected representatives in the northern town of Akureyri of “despicable behaviour including sexual harassment,” causing the party’s chair to call an emergency meeting.

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