Teachers reject new contract

13.01.2022 - 13:43
Íslenskutími hjá 8. bekk í Hrafnagilsskóla - Mynd: RÚV / Ágúst Ólafsson
A large majority of members of the primary school teachers’ union have voted to reject a new contract negotiated with the municipalities on their behalf. 73.71 percent voted against the new pay and conditions deal and 24.82 percent voted in favour.

A total of 3,529 teachers voted among the 5,092 that were eligible; or 69.3 percent. 2,601 voted no and 876 voted yes.

The ‘quality of life contract’ was signed in April 2019 with a large number of unions on behalf of a large proportion of the nation’s workforce, but grunnskóli teachers, who work with children aged 6-16, contracted separately in September 2020 for 16 months.

Negotiators working on a new contract with 5,400 teachers did not achieve agreement on the shorter working week or extra payments due to extra pressure, for example due to the pandemic. The dispute was therefore sent to the state mediator on 11th December and a deal reached on the 30th. The teachers’ rejection means the union and municipalities must now go back to the negotiating table. 

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Alexander Elliott
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