Teachers to vote on new contract

13.10.2020 - 15:14
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Primary school teachers are currently mulling over a new contract signed on their behalf last week. The teachers of Iceland’s 6-16-year-olds will start voting on the wage and conditions deal on Friday. The ballot will close a week later. The teachers’ union leader Þorgerður Laufey Diðriksdóttir says she cannot predict whether the contract will be voted into force or not.

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.” 

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