Icelandic news translated into English

October 31, 2008

63 have been laid off in Akranes

Filed under: economy,families,jobs — newsfrettir @ 6:00 pm

The office of the Labour Union of Akranes has received announcements of 63 lay offs in the small town this month. Over 20 lay offs were added yesterday and today. The president of the Labour Union of Akranes says that the labour market is in a turmoil.

“Icelandic wageworker doesent know what is really going on and fear and agony around the nation is obvious becouse of all the layoffs in the country.” says Vilhjálmur Birgisson, president of the Labour Union of Akranes on the unions website.

He said this week that he was afraid that more announcements of reduction would appear before the month was over, but last wednesday had already been announced 42 layoffs this week in Akranes.

“Today this number is up to 63 persons unfortunately. One example of a company that announced 13 layoffs on Wednesday had to reduce by 9 more today. So clearly there is total panic amongst employers because of the economic situation of the nation.” says Vilhjálmur Birgisson

He encourages employers to honor the rules and wage contracts that are valid in icelandic labour market today when it comes to reducing employees and changing work procedures. He says there are examples of companies who were going to resign on their current shift plans and put up a new plan with only a few days notice, despite the rules say that it is impossible to do so with such a short notice.

“The board of the Labour Union of Akranes wants to say to this nations persons of authority, wake up, because Icelandic companies, wage workers and homes are bleeding out. The board would also restate that the Icelandic government has to help companies, wage workers and homes and that immediately, and the lack of action and solutions that are facing the nation lately has to stop,” writes Vilhjálmur Birgisson, president of the Labour Union of Akranes.

(News Article by *Steinar H*)
Original Article in Icelandic

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