The negotiation committees of Efling and the association of welfare companies, SFV, signed a collective agreement on June 18, 2020. The agreement applies to 1,800 Efling workers who care for the elderly, work in cleaning, catering and do laundry in care homes.
The operation of care homes is varied, but traditionally their collective agreements have reflected the agreements reached with the state. This remains the case in the new agreement.
Wage tables will see raises in accordance with last year’s private sector agreements, as do other public sector agreements Efling has signed. In addition, funding is provided for a special pay increase on the lowest wages, in accordance with Efling’s emphasis on correcting the wages of traditionally underpaid women’s work. This is in line with recent Efling agreements with the state and municipalities, as well as a separate agreement with Reykjavík city. This correction will take place as of January 1, 2021.
The agreement applies as of the expiration of the previous agreement, April 1, 2019, and is valid until end of March 2023. The raises since April 1, 2019, will be paid out retroactively, though in some cases excepting a 105,000kr down payment made last fall.
A shorter working week was also agreed, similar to that for Efling state and municipal workers. Working time is reduced by 13 minutes per day (65 minutes per week) on January 1, 2021, and each workplace can in addition make an agreement to shorten the working time further. The working week for shift workers will go down to 36 active working hours as of May 1, 2021, and can in some cases be reduced to 32 hours.
A right to thirty days’ vacation is now in force for all workers under the agreement.
The agreement is signed on behalf of the head of Efling and the Efling negotiation committee, pending a membership vote. The agreement will be presented to the membership and preparations for voting are now in progress. All relevant documents and information will be sent to the members in question.
“I am very happy finally to have a good contract for this large group of members. The result shows what we can achieve when the members and leadership work together and speak with one voice. The successes of Efling strikes this winter and spring continue to yield results,” said Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, head of Efling.