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Voting regarding the mediation proposal prepared by the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer regarding the collective bargaining between Efling Union and SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise

Voting opens at 12:00 on Friday, 3 March and closes at 10:00 on Wednesday, 8 March.

If the members of Efling Union and SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise vote to approve the mediator‘s proposal, the members of Efling will receive the same wage increases as are specified in the agreement signed by other unions of SGS Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland. The wage increases will be retroactive from 1 November 2022.

The increase of current wage rates, as specified in the main collective agreement, will reach from 35 000 krona to 52 258 krona with the average increase being 42 000 krona. Therefore, the wage increase will equal to between 9.5% and 13% with the average increase being 11%. Use the calculator to see what your individual wage increase would be.

A new job title, General workers in guesthouses, is introduced in the proposal. For this job title the wages during the 3-month trial period shall be in accordance with wage category 5 and after the 3-month trial period the wages increase to wage category 6.

The monthly salary of those members whose salary does not follow the contractual wage tables increase by 33 000 ISK from 1 November 2022.

All increases – also other wage-related clauses of the collective agreement, e.g. bonuses –  will be retroactive and valid from 1 November 2022. This means that all workers will receive retroactive pay increase for November and December 2022 as well as for January and February 2023.

The members of Efling can vote hereThe members of Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise SA can vote here

Voting opens at 12:00 on Friday, 3 March and closes at 10:00 on Wednesday, 8 March.

For those who are unable to vote online a polling station will be available in the headquarters of the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer, Borgartún 21, Reykjavik. The polling station will be open between 16:00 and 18:00 on Monday, 6 March and on Tuesday, 7 March.

Those wishing to cast their votes at the polling station will be asked to show a valid ID.


Here you can view the wage increase, which you will get, if the mediator‘s proposal is approved. In order to calculate the changes of the total fixed monthly wages and the retroactive wage increase for November 2022, December 2022, January 2023 and february 2023, please fill the information below:

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Retroactive increase for November, December, January and February:

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Additionally, where applicable, workload, bonuses, shift supplements and overtime payments may also increase.

How do I vote?

In order to vote online you will need either the Ice-key (Íslykill) or electronic ID (rafræn skilríki). To order Ice-key go to: and click on „Order Ice-key“.

Who is the state Concilliation and Mediation Officer?

The State Concilliation and Mediation Officer(SCMO) is appointed by the minister to a 5-year term at a time. The main role of the SCMO is to assist the working people and the employers in collective negotiations and industrial disputes. In instances when the collective negotiations break down or when either of the negotiating parties has no hope for resolution, the negotiations can be referred to the SCMO. If the negotiations still do not progress, the SCMO is authorised to put forward a mediation proposal in order to achieve an agreement.

What is a mediator’s proposal?

When negotiating parties do not reach an agreement the State Concilliation and Mediation Officer has the authority to put forward a mediation proposal in order to solve the dispute. Both the members of Efling Union and SA, the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, vote on the proposal. The proposal is considered rejected if more than half of the cast votes are against it and if the opposing votes amount to more than a quarter of the voters according to the electoral or membership registry of the involved parties.