Eight midwives have redrawn their resignations from the National and University Hospital, Vísir reports. This came in the wake of the contract that the Icelandic Association of Midwives voted to approve on Wednesday afternoon after a 10-month-long wage dispute between the association and the government. The new contract was approved by a 95% majority and with an impressive 91% of midwives taking part in the vote.
A total of 34 midwives tendered their resignations over the course of their increasingly contentious negotiations with the government. Linda Kristmundsdóttir, the head of the Women’s and Children’s department at the National and University Hospital, says that she hopes more midwives will withdraw their resignations and return to work. The maternity ward at the hospital reopened this week after closing during the previous when the midwives collectively agreed to stop working any overtime hours. Linda says that the ward is getting back onto its feet now, albeit slowly, but that they still are lacking the staff they need across all shifts. Therefore it’s important, she says, that everyone who tendered their resignations return to their jobs.