Civil servants on strike again

SFR and SLFÍ members outside Government Offices in Reykjavik this ...

SFR and SLFÍ members outside Government Offices in Reykjavik this morning. Photo: Eva Björk

Despite some progress in talks over the weekends, some 3,600 public servants have again walked out on a second wave of strike action.

A resolution to the pay dispute involving civil servants, nursing assistants and police officer is reportedly still a long way off. Members of the Icelandic Union of Public Servants (SFR) and the Icelandic Union of Nursing Assistants (SLFÍ) downed tools for a second time at midnight last night.

This new stoppage will last 48 hours, i.e. until midnight tomorrow night.

As was the case last week, some 158 agencies and institutions around the country are affected. This includes the national hospital, health clinics, border-control authorities, the University of Iceland, and alcohol-retail outlets.

See Iceland Monitor’s coverage of last week’s strike for full details.

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