In response to our April piece, “The Happiest Countries in the World,” a reader sent us the following article about protests and general unrest in Iceland. The submitter further explains that corruption is rampant in the government.
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Three more Icelandic trade unions have announced strike ballots over wage disputes. Should industrial action be approved, the total of workers in Iceland on strike could reach 70,000 by the beginning of June.
Strike ballots in May
The Icelandic Union of Commercial and Office Workers (VR), the Commercial Federation of Iceland (LÍV) and Flóabandalagið (an umbrella union including catering workers, factory workers, labourers, seamen, etc.) yesterday announced coordinated strike action to be put to a ballot of members.
Members of the Iceland Association of Academics (BHM) – including hospital staff, ministerial staff, vets and food scientists – have been on strike since early April.