Meet the employees
of the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer
The staff of the SCMO is a small but effective team of highly committed individuals.
The SCMO operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs to mediate in wage disputes, monitor the situation and outlook in industry and in the labour market and keep a register of collective bargaining agreements in force. His position is grounded in the Act on Trade Unions and Industrial Disputes, No. 80/1938. According to the law the SCMO shall be appointed for terms of five years at a time. He shall be an Icelandic citizen, in charge of his financial affairs and have an unblemished reputation. Efforts shall be made to ensure that his attitude is such that he may be regarded as impartial in matters involving employees and employers.
Mr. Leifsson holds a BS degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland, an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
From January 2014 until February 2020 Mr. Leifsson worked as a director at EFTA with headquarters in Geneva, Brussels and Luxemburg. Alongside his work for EFTA, he has been an assistant professor at Reykjavik University where be has taught negotiations and conflict resolution.
ACMOs and conciliation committees
According to the Act on Trade Unions and Industrial Dispute, NO 80/1938 the SCMO may nominate an Assistant Conciliation and Mediation Officer (ACMO) to assist in the resolution of industrial disputes or to work independently at the resolution of an individual industrial dispute. It is a civic duty to undertake the work of an ACMO.
If it is considered demonstrated that an industrial dispute will have extremely serious consequences, the Government may appoint a special conciliation committee to work at the resolution of the dispute. The SCMO and the parties to the dispute shall be consulted before the conciliation committee is appointed. The ACMO and the members of the conciliation committee shall have the rights of, and bear the obligations of the SCMO when they are engaged in their work.