Iceland police stage demo march over pay

The march was attended by just under half of the ...

The march was attended by just under half of the country's entire police force. Photo: Júlíus Sigurjónsson

Half of Iceland’s police force staged a protest march this morning to Reykjavik’s Parliament Square to demand better pay.

Some 300 police officers made the walk to Reykjavik’s famous Parliament Square (‘Austurvöllur’) – a traditional spot for Icelandic demos – where they joined colleagues from the Icelandic Union of Public Servants (SFR) and the Icelandic Union of Nursing Assistants (SLFI), who came out on strike today.

Under Icelandic law, police officers do not have the right to strike.

The group of officers instead marched in line towards Parliament to take part in a demonstration of solidarity with the strikers.

The website of the National Police Federation of Iceland has published an unequivocal message: “Our demand is simple: comparable improvements in working conditions for all civil servants!”

Police officers of Reykjavik's Parliament Square.

Police officers of Reykjavik's Parliament Square. Photo: Jarþrúður Karlsdóttir

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