Teachers to vote on new contract
There are close to six thousand teachers in the primary school teachers’ association that signed the deal with the nation’s municipalities on 7th October. Teachers have been without a contract since 1st July and negotiations over a new one were referred to the State Mediator at the start of this month. The final agreement, if approved, would see a pay rise in line with the national quality of life contract, denominated in krónur rather than percent, and a more flexible working environment for teachers. The contract is set to run until the end of next year.
“We have presented the contract in the manner necessary these days. We have held online meetings and streamed them live,” Þorgerður says.
How have teachers reacted so far? “I think primary school teachers are forming opinions on this based both on what is in the contract and also on the situation we are in at this time,” Þorgerður says.
She says she cannot guess which way her members will vote: “This is what we felt was acceptable to put to our members at this time.”