Pay deal struck, strike called off

Photo: Eggert Jó­hann­es­son

Photo: Eggert Jó­hann­es­son

A deal struck between the Icelandic State and three Iceland public-servant unions in the early hours of this morning has averted further crippling strike action.

The Icelandic Union of Public Servants (SFR), the Icelandic Union of Nursing Assistants (SLFI) and the National Police Federation of Iceland have been locked in a pay and working conditions dispute – the former two staging two 48-hour strikes in October.

Further strike action appears now to be off the cards as a marathon late-night negotiation session resulted in the signing of a deal acceptable to the representatives of all parties.

“The unions are very happy with the new agreement – we set out with specific objectives, which we are now achieving,” says Árni Stefán Jóns­son, Chairman of SFR.

The next step is to present the agreement, which will cover the period up to March 2019, to union members for their approval.

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