Declaration by Drífa Snædal, president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ):

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“Kópur” is not associated with the Icelandic Confederation of Labour, has not signed any collective agreements, and is not a member of VIRK rehabilitation fund, Bjarg housing foundation, or any of the holiday, educational or sick leave funds operated by the Icelandic labour movement.

Notices have been published announcing that a new trade union—Kópur—has been set up for the purpose of serving mainly Polish citizens working in Iceland. The union is presented as being able to provide access for its members to all benefits and services developed by the Icelandic labour movement over the decades, and it is even suggested that the union has links to the Icelandic Confederation of Labour. This is false.

There are no links between ASÍ and Kópur, and we are not aware that Kópur has entered into any collective agreements. Kópur does not operate an education fund to make it easier for its members to increase their education; does not operate a sick leave fund for those who are unable to work for longer periods of time; does not have membership of Bjarg housing foundation, which provides low-rent, secure housing; does not have membership of VIRK vocational rehabilitation fund; and does not own holiday cottages. Potential members of Kópur would not enjoy any of these benefits, and would not have access to legal services or other types of help regularly provided by trade unions in Iceland.

ASÍ urges everyone concerned to distribute this information as widely as possible, in order to avoid a situation where workers unwittingly relinquish rights that have been earned through the work of the labour movement over many decades.

Back to work!

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Have you lost your job?

Do you want to get one step further in your search for a new one?

If so, the micro-courses Back to work for members in Efling, Hlíf, and VSFK might suit you.

In the courses, you will get practical tips for job searching, e.g. how best to present yourself, where to begin, and how to utilize computers.

Teaching takes place in groups of 14, with two teachers per group. A laptop is provided during class.

The following courses are available:

–          What do I have to offer? Writing up your skillset.
June 22, 12.30 to 3.30 pm.

–          Who am I? Writing a resume and a letter of introduction.
June 24, 12.30 to 3.30 pm.

–          How do I do it? Practical tips in looking for a job.
June 26, 12.30 to 3.30 pm.

–          What technology can help? Using tech and social media to get a job.
June 29, 9am to 2.30pm, with a half-hour lunch break.

The courses cost 3,000kr each, except for the tech course, which is 4,000kr.

All courses take place in Höfðabakki 9, the Mímir offices.

Register here.

Looking forward to seeing you!