One smelter signs pay deal, another postpones strike

16.10.2020 - 10:40
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A new pay and conditions deal was signed this week between the Akranes union and the Norðurál aluminium smelter, ending a ten-month run of negotiations. The biggest goal was to assure staff the same pay rises seen under the ‘quality of life contract’ signed last year by many general unions.

The new contract is backdated to 1st January and shift workers will receive as much as 500,000 krónur in back payments.

The total starting wage for shift workers at the plant will be 686,000 krónur a month, which is an increase of 43,000. 

The total pay for a shift worker with ten years’ experience with the company will be 825,000 krónur, which is an increase of 52,000. 

The long-running negotiations were sent to the State Mediator in May and 97 percent of workers voted in July to start an overtime ban from 1st December. That has now been cancelled. 

Meanwhile, negotiations for staff working at the Rio Tinto smelter near Hafnarfjörður remain unresolved. Strike action there due to start today has been postponed by one week, however. The Hlíf union and the company hope to strike a deal over the coming week. 

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