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Collective Wage Agreement

Here is an English translation af the collective agreement between LIV and Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA). Below are the main points of the agreement.

 


 

Increases in wages

According to the agreement all wages will rise at least by 11,4% in the next 3 years. Minimum wages will however rise by 23,6%.

General wage rise:

1. June 2011: 4,25%
1. February 2012: 3,50%
1. February 2013: 3,25%

Increases in wage tables

1. June 2011: 12.000 ISK.
1. February 2012: 11.000 ISK.
1. February 2013: 11.000 ISK.

Income guarantee for full time work will be:

1. June 2011: 182.000 ISK.
1. February 2012: 193.000 ISK.
1. February 2013: 204.000 ISK.

Special payments (because how late the agreement was made)

In June workers in full time work in the months March – May will be paid 50.000 ISK. once. Workers who left employment in April or who are in part time work will be paid proportionally according to time worked in March and April. Workers who started to work in April and are in work on May 5 will be paid proportionally according to time worked in March and April.

Special payment in addition to the Vacation supplement in 2011: 10.000 ISK.

Special payment in addition to the December supplement in 2011: 15.000 ISK.

Other issues

The agreement deals with many issues other than wages such as rights in case of accident, pension rights, overtime work and time-of, calculation of overtime pay, definition of shift work, week-end work and meal brakes and insurances in case of accidents when working outside Iceland.

In relation to the collective agreement the government, after dialogue with the trade unions and the employers organisation, issued a statement on many issues in the interest of workers. The statement deals with issues like unemployment and welfare benefits, taxes, education and active employment measures and workers pension rights. The statement has to be seen as an important and integrated part of the agreement.

The agreement is valid to 1 February t 2014.

The agreement is based on some pre conditions. As regards 2011 the conditions are made as regard the statement given by the government on May 5th. For 2012 and 2013 conditions are made as regards inflation, the value of the krona and real wages.

If conditions for 2011 will not hold, the agreement expires on February 1 2012. If the conditions for 2012 and 2013 will not hold, the agreement can be improved if both parties agree or terminated by either or both parties to the agreement. In that case it expires on February 1 2012 or February 1 2013.

What do we gain by the agreement?

We list here the most important points in the agreement:

  • The wage tables on the private/general labour market increase by 17-21,6% or 34,000 kronas over the term of agreement.
  • Income guarantee for full time work increases by 23,6%.
  • With higher wage tables the safety net is improved for those who receive wages over wage tables stipulated in union agreements.
  • Special payments make up for the delay in the negotiation process
  • The government will guarantee indexed tax credit and will revise the tax system as regards child benefits and interest rates deduction with relation to assets.
  • The pension system for workers on the general labour market will now be improved by increasing payments into the system in the years 2014-2020.
  • One of the important goals of this agreement is to increase employment, create jobs.
  • A special campaign will be launched for the unemployed where the main target is to find jobs and give those who are out of work opportunities in the formal and informal education system, both young people and those who are above school age.
  • The government will support The Wage Guarantee Fund and The Maternity/Paternity fund in order to guarantee payments to workers on childbirth leave and those who risk loss of payments due to bankrupt companies.
  • Unemployment benefits and other welfare benefits will increases as are stipulated in the agreement.
  • New legislation will guarantee rehabilitation rights for all workers and those who are receiving benefits from the pension funds.
  • The government will guarantee indexed tax credit and will revise the tax system as regards child benefits and interest rates deduction with relation to assets.
  • In the statement issued by the government some social reforms will improve the legal rights of workers.
  • We encourage you to participate in the vote.