A midwives’ strike has put added strain on the National University Hospital.
While not all of their demands were met in the new contract, the wage difference between midwives and nurses is no longer at issue.
The majority of midwives at the National University Hospital of Iceland will refuse overtime shifts as of tomorrow.
All 95 midwives which provide in-home service to parents and their newborns are on strike as of today.
Icelandic midwives have made it clear that they want their baseline full-time salary to be increased so that part-time workers who only make a percentage of that amount will still make a reasonable living wage.
Wage negotiations between the Icelandic Association of Midwives and the state have been in a deadlock for months.
Wage negotiations between the Icelandic Association of Midwives and the Icelandic government ended yesterday afternoon, with no resolution.
Wage negotiations between the state and the Icelandic Association of Midwives have been in a deadlock for almost six months, with midwives asserting that neither their responsibilities nor their educational qualifications are being taken into consideration with respect to their salaries.