All about tenants' rights at the next Drop-INN

Tenants’ rights are the topic of discussion at the next Drop-INN. Einar Bjarni Einarsson and Kolbrún Arnar Villadsen, lawyers for The Consumers´ Association of Iceland, will inform us about everything regarding tenants. Do not miss their lecture on Thursday at 10. Do you have a question for them? Don´t hesitate to send questions in advance to efling@efling.is or through Efling’s Facebook page. Due to increased resstrictions from authorities because of anti-infection control the next Drop-inn lecture will only be streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/efling.is. The lecture will be in English but the lecture will later be posted on Efling´s Facebook page will English subtitles.

Longer opening hours on Wednesdays are temporarily canceled

Efling draws attention to its´ members that the longer opening hours of the union follows the opening of the reception in the office in Guðrúnartún. Therefore, no longer opening hours will be offered on Wednesdays while the reception is closed due to Covid19. Members of Efling are encourage to use online services –
see here. We hope to be able to open the reception within a few weeks and thus offer a longer opening time on Wednesdays again.

Efling summer houses and Covid 19

Efling encourages its members to heed public safety guidance and limit cross-regional travel, in light of the current rise in covid 19 infections. While this guidance is in effect, people who have rented a summer house can get a full refund on cancellations until the day before the booking. To cancel, an email must be sent to
orlof@efling.is with name, kennitala and bank account information. It is not allowed to use summer houses for quarantine, and they must be cleaned and commonly touched areas disinfected after use.

A Historic Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Zoom.

There was a good turnout for Efling‘s Board of Trustees meeting held yesterday, 15 October 2020, via Zoom. This historic meeting was the first time Efling held a Board of Trustee meeting electronically. This was done to adhere to the strict infection control measures currently in place, previously it was necessary to postpone and/or cancel meetings planned to be held in a traditional format. This meeting exceeded expectations and participants were happy. Members were sucessfully organized to participate in discussion and people were divided into groups to discuss the issues brought forward during the meeting. All rules set forward by the Board of Directors were adhered to and Efling believes that it will be possible to legally hold meetings in the format in the future. After the meeting, there was a presentation and preperation for Efling‘s representatives to the upcoming session of the ASÍ Congress, which is scheduled to take place on 21 October.  

Respect the Agreements

Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, chairman of Efling  and Ingólfur B. Jónsson, assistant head of rights and employment terms department of Efling wrote an article in Morgunblaðið where they go over how extensive violations to wage agreements undermine trust in the labor market and wage theft in Icelandic labor market should be addressed. It is disappointing to see the managing director for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers underestimate these facts and call them „unreasonable“ and „unrealistic“ on the pages of Morgunblaðið. Respect the Agreements Today Efling Trade Union operates a 10 person departement, The Wage Agreement Department, that assists members seeking redress due to rights violations they experience in the labor market. During the last quarter (July, August and September 2020), Efling‘s Wage Agreement Departments recieved over 3,500 phone calls, 1,300 emails and nearly 700 visits at the company headquarters from Efling members. The Wage Agreement Department also handles education, workplace inspection and anong other tasks, however its main focus is assisting members with wage claims. A wage claim is made when wages have not been paid or other contractual obligations have not been respected. Common violations include: shift differentials paid in lieu of overtime differential, earned vacation leave not paid out upon conclusion of the employee‘s contract, the December bonus not paid and so forth. In the last quarter, the Wage Agreement Department registered over 260 new cases representing violations of worker‘s rights. Of these new cases, 87 were wage claims that totaled just over 65 million ISK. Some of the employers involved in these claims have more than ten open wage claims. The names of these companies and the total amount of these claims can be found on Efling‘s website in the Wage Agreement Division‘s new quarterly report. These claims represent intentional violations of Efling member‘s rights, not merely mistakes in payroll or accounting that most employers correct without intervention from a labor union. Efling will not send out a wage claim on behalf of its members unless such claims are supported but documents including  employment contracts, pay slips, time sheet and payment reciepts for wages. It is rare for wage claims made by Efling to be overturned and they are normally paid in full, often with the assistance of Efling‘s lawyers. The problem is that the procedure to complete a wage claim can take considerable time. Sometimes these wage claims need to be handled by the courts, through bankruptcy estates in the case of bankrupt companies or via this Wage Insurance Fund. The employer receives no fines and the employee will recieve no compensation, even if the employer is convicted in court. While this is happening, the employee must bear all of the costs for their stolen salary. They can not request any sort of relief from rent or bill payment because their wages were stolen. Unethical employers know about this system. They are increasingly taking advantage of this financial incentive for wage theft created by the lack of liability. Efling‘s wage claims have increased by 40% per year for the past five years. Wage theft in the Icelandic labor market is growing exponentially. These claims now amount to around a million kronur per day. It is important to note that these claims represent only the violations which are reported and there are strong indicators that many victims are reluctant to seek restitution for fear of termination. It is disappointing to see the managing director for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers underestimate these facts and call them „unreasonable“ and „unrealistic“ on the pages of Morgunblaðið. Wage theft is not only a painful humiliation but a major economic loss suffered by the lowest paid workers. The average amount of a wage claim recieved by Efling in 2019 was over half a million ISK. It should go without saying what such an amount of money meand for a low wage earner. Proposals put forward by Efling and ASÍ to address this problem are modeled on the current wage afreement between the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) and Sjómannasamband Íslands and Danish labor market legislation. It is incomprehensible what the managing director of SA finds „unrealistic“ with these solutions. There is little point in making wage agreements if they will not be respected. Efling is not claiming that wage theft on the part of individual employers is organized by SA, but these extensive violations to wage agreements undermine trust in the labor market. This is a problem that employers‘ associations should be concerned about. A negotiator with any self respect must ensure that violations of an agreement they have entered into must be taken seriously. Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, chairman of Efling Ingólfur B. Jónsson, assistant head of rights and employment terms department of Efling Published in Morgunblaðið 16.10.2020.

Quarterly report is out from the rights and employment terms department

Efling sent out wage claims on behalf of 87 members to the tune of 65.5 million kr in the third quarter this year, according to the rights and employment terms department’s Quarterly report. Several employers have been sent more than 10 claims on behalf of Efling members. Among them are Bryggjan – brugghús, City Park Hotel, Capital Inn and Messinn. Wage theft is an ever increasing problem in the Icelandic labour market. Efling sent claims on behalf of 700 members totalling 345 million kr last year. In the last five years, the sum total of claims reached one billion kr. It can take a very long time for claims to be collected, leaving members to face the trouble caused by the shortfall in the meantime. No punishment or fines can be levied against wage theft, despite promises by the government to put such punishments into law one and a half years ago. Efling is now fighting for such legislation to be implemented without delay.
Rights and employment terms department’s Quarterly report.

Do yoga with us

At the next Drop-INN, Thursday October 15, yoga teacher Alicja Natalia Wacowska will guide us through how yoga can help us improve balance, to relax and strengthen us in the times we live in today. Alicja is a yoga teacher and one of the founders of Yoga Friends Pop Up. Due to increased resstrictions from authorities because of anti-infection control the next Drop-inn lecture will only be streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/efling.is. The lecture will be in English. We hope that we can open our doors to visitors again before long. If you have questions for our lecturer, don’t hesitate to write them in the comments on our Thursday livestream.

Rights and responsibilities in the labor market – only online

Due to strengthened rules on meetings, the event Rights and responsibilities in the labor market tonight at 7pm will only be online. Click on this link to take part in the course:
https://www.facebook.com/efling.is The course provides Efling members with information about their rights in the labor market and within the union. Specialists in Efling collective agreements review the main items such as sickness benefits rights and notice periods and present the rights of union members to payments from the union’s funds.

Rights and responsibilities in the labor market – only online

Due to strengthened rules on meetings, the event Rights and responsibilities in the labor market tonight at 7pm will only be online. Click on this link to take part in the course:
https://www.facebook.com/efling.is The course provides Efling members with information about their rights in the labor market and within the union. Specialists in Efling collective agreements review the main items such as sickness benefits rights and notice periods and present the rights of union members to payments from the union’s funds.

Do you want to look to the future with bright eyes?

The next Drop-inn will be streamed at October 8 at 10am but Ásgeir Jónsson, counsellor, will then look at all the positive and constructive things to be found in our environment in a lecture under the heading Heimur batnandi fer (The World is Getting Better). Due to increased resstrictions from authorities because of anti-infection control the next Drop-inn lecture will only be streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/efling.is. The lecture will be in Icelandic with English subtitles. We hope that we can open our doors to visitors again before long. If you have questions for our lecturer, don’t hesitate to write them in the comments on our Thursday livestream.

Jóna S Gestsdóttir was said farewell and thanked for good work

At a small ceremony yesterday, Jóna S Gestsdóttir was said farewell after a successful job at Efling. She was thanked for her work for the union and the collaboration over the years. Jóna worked as a service representative at Efling’s office in Hveragerði since the trade union Boðinn and Efling merged at the beginning of 2009, but she had previously worked for Boðinn for many years. Jóna was a great professional and a great co-worker and Berglind Rós Gunnarsdóttir, head of the office and human resources department, brought her a goodbye gift from the union and the staff members.

Drop-inn streamed tomorrow

In light of the spate of covid-infections, Efling members are encouraged to watch the next Drop-inn lecture tomorrow at 10am via streaming on our Facebook page, facebook.com/efling.is. Helga Arnardóttir, social- and health-psychologist, discusses methods of self-care. The lecture will be in Icelandic with English subtitles. We hope that we can open our doors to visitors again before long. If you have questions for our lecturer, don’t hesitate to write them in the comments on our Thursday livestream.

Collective wage agreement signed with Rótin

This morning, Efling signed a collective wage agreement with Rótin, which is for Efling members who work in Konukot, which is an emergency shelter for homeless women. Rótin will take over Konukot´s operations from October 1st. The agreement is based on the collective wage agreement between Efling and Reykjavík city.

The Icelandic tax system - only online

Due to strengthened rules on meetings, the event The Icelandic tax system will only be online. Click on this link to take part in the course:
https://zoom.us/j/94648546671?pwd=eStSUmdYaVZZRFRSUXovaXpBc3RQZz09 The instructor is Helgi Guðnason, expert in tax collection from individuals at RSK and interpreter to Polish is Wieslawa Vera Lupinska.

The Icelandic tax system

We would like to inform Polish-speaking members of Efling that is has been decided to only stream a course on the tax system in Iceland on Efling’s Facebook page on Thursday September 24, at 7pm -9 pm. You will therefore not be able to attend the course in Efling´s headquarters at Guðrúnartún  as previously advertised. This decision is made in light of disease prevention guidelines because of Covid-19. As before, viewers are given the opportunity to ask questions through the stream by commenting on it. Icelandic law and regulations regarding the national tax system will be covered in this course in addition to the responsibilities of taxpayers and the difference between wages and contractor payments. The preparation of tax returns, including deductions, will also be reviewed. The course is conducted in cooperation with the office of the Director of Internal Revenue (RSK). The instructor is Helgi Guðnason, expert in tax collection from individuals at RSK and interpreter is Wieslawa Vera Lupinska.

Results of the Efling Summer house magazine photo contest

This spring, the Summer house magazine had a contest where members were asked to send in their vacation photos. The deadline was August 31. The selection committee has chosen a winner; Orange alert by Berglind Kristinsdóttir. She receives a 25,000kr award. The committee’s opinion says: The photo is of the natural treasure Reynisdrangar. As the title says, the photo is taken during an orange weather alert, which explains the dearth of visitors at this usually crowded spot. Two pillars rise majestically from the rushing ocean where they have stood firmly for centuries. In the foreground a tourist stands like a third pillar from the black sand. He hasn’t been deterred by colourful warnings, even though he, unlike natural wonders, is human and vulnerable to the seasons. In his vulnerability, he attempts to capture the experience in a photo. We congratulate Berglind on winning the prize. Orange alert – The winner of the Summer house magazine photo contest.

On Friday 18th of September the office will open at 09:00

On Friday 18th of September the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

The Icelandic tax system

A great course about the Icelandic tax system that Efling members can sign up for free. It will be taught in English next Thursday, September 17 from 7:00pm–9:00pm. Icelandic law and regulations regarding the national tax system will be covered in this course in addition to the responsibilities of taxpayers and the difference between wages and contractor payments. The preparation of tax returns, including deductions will also be reviewed. The course is conducted in cooperation with the office of the Director of Internal Revenue (RSK). The instructor: Helgi Guðnason, expert in tax collection from individuals at RSK. The course takes place at Efling headquarters at Guðrúnartún 1 on the 4th floor. Register at Efling by phone at 510 7500 or by email at efling@efling.is The course will be taught in Polish September 24.

DROP-INN, drop by for some educational talks, chat and coffee

– Every Thursday from 10:00am–12:00 noon If you’re looking for work, on vacation or have free time for other reasons, Drop-INN is for you. Drop-INN has interesting lectures, chats and coffee available at Efling’s office at Guðrúnartún on the 4th floor, every Thursday morning between 10:00am and 12:00 noon from September 17th until December. Members of Efling are encouraged to show up for this exciting program. The talks are given in Icelandic with an English on-screen translation. The discussion after the talks will hopefully take place in as many languages as possible! The first meeting is next Thursday, September 17th – Are you looking for work? Ingibjörg Ebba Björnsdóttir, VIRK-consultant at Efling, gives good advice for finding work, discusses the rights of jobseekers and answers questions and concerns of people looking for work. You can read more about the schedule
here. 

You can book summerhouse over Christmas and New Year tomorrow - Thursday September 10 at. 8.15

The union remind members that they can book summerhouses over Christmas and New Year from tomorrow, Thursday September 10 at 8.15 You can only rent one week, from Tuesday to Tuesday, either over Christmas or New Year. The periods are: Over Christmas: 22.12. – 29.12.2020 New Year: 29.12.2020 – 05.01.2021 No applications – only first book first gets. You can book directly on the 
booking website or here at the office tel.510 7500.

The service in Hveragerði increased and the opening hours extended

The office hours in Hveragerði have been extended, but a new employee has been hired who will take care of general errands there. Office hours are: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – open from 8: 15-16:00 Wednesdays – CLOSED Fridays – open from 8:15 to 15:00

New summer houses in Stóra Fljót, Biskupstungur – bookings open as of September 4 at 8:15

The first houses in Stóra Fljót near Reykholt in Biskuptsungur are ready for use. They will be available as of September 10, with bookings opening on September 4 at 8:15am on the booking website. You can also book via tel. 510 7500 or sending a request to
orlof@efling.is. It’s a great joy to see the first houses in this new complex being made ready for rent to members. This large project has been in the pipes for a long time and is the largest construction project that the summer house fund of Efling has made. This new addition has been awaited in anticipation, since demand for houses is high and more are needed. The first stage is completed and the first houses ready for use, but construction will continue at least through this year. Six more houses will be added to the six already built for a total of twelve in the complex. Efling members can be proud of this new complex and hopefully many will have enjoyable stays at this wonderful location. See more here: https://efling.is/summer-house/stora-fljot/ Notice that a the location is NOT Reykholt in Borgarnes – it is in Aratunga. The houses are 100 m2 with 4 bedrooms and space for 9 people to sleepover. There are 2 bathrooms with shower. There is a dishwasher, grill, TV, radio, oven, microwave, high chair, crib, washing machine, dryer, wifi and a hot tub.

Available summer house in Ólafsfjörður

There is an available summer house in Ólafsfjörður from August 21 – 28. You can book the house on
Efling´s booking web or contact the office by orlof@efling.is

Autumn and winter bookings open on August 18 at 8.15 am

Winter bookings will be opened in two stages. Bookings between August 28 and Christmas can be made as of August 18 at 8.15 am. On November 2, you can start booking for January 5 – May 28, 2021. In the winter you can book both weekends and weeks, except over the holidays (Christmas, New Year’s and Easter), when you can only book a whole week. You can book houses on our website, at the Efling office via tel. 510-7500 or by sending a request to
orlof@efling.is See further information here.

All educational funds now refund up to 90%

Now all members can apply for 90% refund for job-related studies and courses, but the public educational funds increased the refund from 75% to 90% to meet the current circumstances of society. This includes studies purchased and invoices issued between July 1 and September 30, 2020, which meet the fund’s requirements. Previously, the educational fund, Starfsafl, which is for members of Efling in the private sector (i.e. working for private companies) had raised the refund to 90% for work-related studies/courses, so the refund has now reached 90% in all the educational funds of the union. You can fill out an application 
here You can send the application and documents to fraedslusjodur@efling.is

On Friday 19th of June the office will open at 09:00

On Friday 19th of June the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Starfsafl refunds up to 90% until 30th of September

Members of Efling in the private sector (i.e. working for private companies) can now have up to 90% refund for job-related study/courses from the educational fund Starfsafl. Last April the committee of Starfsafl agreed that up to 90% will be refunded of costs of job-related study/courses instead of 75%, in order to meet the current circumstances of the society. For example, you can get 90% refund of the course
Back to work! which is a course for people looking for work. This includes studies purchased and invoices issued between March 15 and September 30, 2020, which meet the fund’s requirements. You can fill out an application here You can send the application and documents to fraedslusjodur@efling.is

Victory in historical negotiations with Reykjavík city

Efling and Reykjavík city signed a collective agreement last night, March 10, 2020, after more than a month of strikes and hard negotiations at the state mediator’s office. The agreement is an important step towards correcting the wages of women’s jobs and of those who earn the least. Efling strikes in Reykjavík are over. The agreement raises the lowest wages of Efling members by up to 112,000kr during the contract’s term for full-time workers. Raises over and above the 90,000kr, prefigured in last year’s collective agreements, are achieved by a change to the wage table that raises salaries on average by 7,800kr for all Efling members in the city. In addition, a special payment to the lowest paid workers is added. This payment is 15,000kr at the bottom of the table and peters out at higher salaries. It applies to 26 job titles of Efling which don’t have a special payment already. It will be seen in reverse proportion to the basic salary by nearly three quarters of Efling workers in the city. The agreement provides various improvements apart from salary increases, such as a shorter working week, both for daytime and shift workers. The right to 10 hours of overtime pay for kindergarten workers is now incorporated into the agreement in the form of a lump sum. Course attendance and education are given greater weight in determining workers’ salaries. Efling views the contract as a victory after a long and hard fight and strikes over the propriety of the union’s demands. The contract applies to about 1,850 Efling workers in the city. Most of them are women doing traditionally underpaid women’s jobs such as care, cleaning, washing and cooking. Others work e.g. in road maintenance and garbage collection. The contract’s term is until March 31, 2023. A fight by and for the members The strikes, which were agreed to by 96% of ballots cast, began in early February with two- and three-day strikes until February 17, when an indefinite strike started. During the strike, the union held many rallies and meetings with active participation by members and supporters. Many speakers and musicians showed their support by participating. The struggle was kept visible and was maintained by members, many of whom came forward in interviews, ads and videos to explain their life and livelihood. Members and Efling staff joined hands in patrolling the strike. The negotiations were a matter of heated societal debate. Powerful interest groups, such as the employers’ association, SA, tried to beat down the fight for wage corrections by a heavy media campaign. It was the position of the Efling negotiation committee to agree to the adoption of last year’s private sector agreements as a framework for an agreement with Reykjavík, but it also made the case for a wage correction due to low gross wages, increased strain at work and gendered discrimination suffered by Efling workers in the city. Efling drew attention to promises made by the city council’s majority to fix that imbalance. A new chapter in Icelandic labour history A large negotiating committee on the side of Efling, with representatives from all occupational groups, participated in the negotiations along with the head of the union and union staff. A large group of union representatives from all the city’s workplaces for Efling members met every morning at the union’s HQ to coordinate. These meetings were marked by the group’s solidarity, and the solidarity of the strikers. “Women who were previously kept silent, and whom few showed any interest, stepped forward with their head held high and put the shame of low-wage policies where it belongs. Low-waged women have an indescribable strength which they utilized to fight for a better life, instead of sacrificing their entire life to clean up after others,” said Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, head of Efling. “The institutional powers were united against us. We were to be beat into submission, as we have been for decades. But Efling members in the city have news for the elite, and all of society: When workers come together in solidarity, with a willingness to fight for their lot, nothing can stop them. They have written a new chapter into Icelandic labour history,” Sólveig Anna said. Low-wage workers in Iceland have stepped from the shadows. They have shown the importance of their work, and the justice of their call for a dignified life. It has brought some gains, but it has only just begun. With the signing of the agreement, strikes in the city are over. The agreement will now be presented to members and voted on.

We encourage electronic communication

Here are detailed instructions on how to apply for a service, Efling staff are always ready to answer phone inquiries and assist members as needed.
efling@efling.is / 5107500 SICKNESS BENEFITS FUND All applications to the sickness benefits fund can be emailed to sjukrasjodur@efling.is Sickness and benfits fund grants In order to apply for a grant, you need to email: A filled out application, see here Scanned copy or picture of the receipt with the name and ID number (kennitala) of the buyer and seller and an explanation of what the receipt is for. In some cases you may need to hand in a payslip or other papers but you will be notified if that is the case. In order to apply for sickness benefits, you need to email: A filled out application, see here – A copy of a medical certificate for sickness benefits (sjúkradagpeningavottorð)– you can ask the health care (Heilsugæslan)/doctor to send it to Efling in post. NB it is not preferable to send it by email. An employment certificate signed by the employer, see here Last payslip In order to apply for death benefits, you need to email: A filled out application see here – A progress overview of the distribution of the estate from the District Commissioner – An authorization from other inheritors, if the deposit should be made to an inheritor’s account, see here EDUCATION AND TRAINING FUND All applications to the education and training fund can be emailed to fraedslusjodur@efling.is Educational fund grants. In order to apply for an individual grant, you need to email: A filled out application, see here A scanned copy or picture of the receipt with your name on it, study/course description, name and ID number (kennitala) of the educator. If there is no confirmation of payment on the invoice, an additional confirmation of payment must be submitted, e.g. from Internet bank or payment receipt from the relevant school/company. Members who are registered with the Directorate of Labour (Vinnumálastofnun) must also submit a confirmation of the grant amount from the institution with the application. Due to an application for a grant for study or a course abroad it is necessary to submit an original invoice in the original language and in English and a detailed breakdown of costs must be provided. In order to apply for an institution grant, you can apply online by choosing the right fund at Efling webpage; see here. SUMMER HOUSES To apply for summer houses or rent them in winter we direct you to the bookings page: For tickets sales and other requests, send an email to orlof@efling.is with your name and kennitala. All messages are answered as promptly as circumstance allows. Those who require assistance in booking summer houses must bring up their questions via email or phone.

Corrected payments from the strike fund

Corrected payments to members on strike were paid out on the morning of March 4, for the strike days of February 4-21. Those who were expecting a correction but haven’t received it can send an email to
efling@efling.is Payments for February 24-28 will be made on Friday, March 6.

COVID-19 and absence from work

There seems to be ample reason for Icelandic Federation of Labor (Alþýðusamband Íslands) to note that wage earners who are placed in quarantine or are advised by a medical professional to stay at home and avoid being around coworkers or other people in the vicinity – because they are either infected with COVID-19 or may be a carrier of the virus – are in the opinion of ASÍ either incapable of work by reason of illness or by reason of being in danger of catching it. In the case of those absences from work, payment obligation applies, in accordance with the stipulations of collective agreements and the law. The central board of ASÍ will cover the recent developments and their reactions to them during their meeting next Wednesday.

Broad support for kindergarten staff

Headmasters in Reykjavík kindergartens have
declared their support for the actions and demands of Efling staff in the city’s kindergartens. They say that rapid rotation of staff can in large part be traced to the low-wage policies of Reykjavík city and the work environment which staff and children have to suffer. The parents’ council of Brákarborg has also declared its support for the kindergarten’s staff and urges the city and Efling to quickly reach an agreement. A petition has also been making the rounds with the headline: Strike a deal with kindergarten staff now. The petition says: We, the parents and families of kindergarteners, demand that the staff receive decent wages. These are the people who care for our children 8-9 hours a day and get wages they can’t live on.

Payments from strike fund February 17-21

Members employed at Reykjavík city need to apply especially for payments from strike fund for the strike days February 17-21. Former application was only valid for the period February 4.-14. You can apply online at Efling´s webpage from Friday, February 21. In order to get paid at the end of the month you need to apply before February 25. If the strike continues members need to apply again. Those who have not applied for the period February 4-14 when new application takes effect on February 21 need to contact Efling´s office since it will no longer be possible to apply electronically for that period (Feb.4-14). Payments for those who suffer wage loss during these strike days: February 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, will be 18.000 kr. per day will be 18,000 kr. per day for a full-time work, otherwise paid according to the employment proportion, e.g. are paid ISK 9,000 per day for a 50% work. 

The strike patrol was well received and felt great support

The Efling strike patrol encountered only one instance of strike-breaking on the first whole day of strikes among members working for Reykjavík city on Thursday, February 6. Departments had been combined in a kindergarten, which is not permitted. The relevant division of Reykjavík city has been notified of the occurrence. The strike was patrolled by five teams, who visited 80 workplaces in Reykjavík city on this first day of the strike. Several workplaces were also visited in the evening. Efling office staff and strikers participated in the patrol. Six workplaces were closed on Thursday, kindergartens and social centres, reduced services were available at most kindergartens and other places with no exemptions from the strike. Places who were exempt from the strike were not visited. The strike patrol was well received wherever they went, and it was clear that there is great support and solidarity in the city’s workplaces, both among staff and service users. Those on strike who would like to participate in further strike patrols are invited to send an email to
felagssvid@efling.is The union thanks for the great reception it has had and the support Efling has gotten from other unions, parents and those living with limited service.

We are not on strike because of a working group

Reykjavík mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson commented on the city’s ongoing negotiations with Efling at a city council meeting on February 4. He said that a working group negotiating on shift work hadn’t turned in its results, and that Efling would not sign an agreement until it has. Dagur went on to say that “it wasn’t in the purview of the city to reach an agreement before the strike began.” These words are utterly at odds with all statements and demands by the negotiating committee of Efling, which have been thoroughly presented in public. Members of Efling in Reykjavík city are on strike because the city has not been willing to negotiate a correction of the city’s lowest wages. The strikes are not contingent on the working group in question and attempting to portray them as such are merely an attempt by the mayor to evade the issue. The negotiation committee of Efling will of course consider delaying further strikes if the city shows a willingness to discuss the key issue of the negotiations, namely amends for its lowest paid staff.

Strike patrol is on the move!

Efling will have a strong strike patrol today in Reykjavík city workplaces. Several groups will do the rounds, making sure that the strike is properly executed. If you know of some strike breaking or have questions, send us an email at
verkfallsbrot@efling.is Efling strike patrol this morning

Friday 7th of February the office will open at 09:30

On Friday 7th of February the office will open at 09:30 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Tax return – registration for assistance

This year as in previous years Efling will offer members assistance in making tax returns. Members can call 510-7500 to make an appointment. The assistance is mostly for simple tax returns. If you have more complex returns such as the purchase and sale of assets, this must be specified when the appointment is made. Assistance to tax returns is only for members and their spouses. The number of tax returns must be stated when appointment is made. It is necessary to have a web key or electronic ID in a mobile phone with you for the appointment. Assistance will be provided on Saturday 7 March and on Sunday 8 March if needed. Members are encouraged to take advantage of this service and book as soon as possible. Efling lawyer Karl Ó. Karlsson at LAG lawyers oversees the assistance. Please contact Efling office for further details.

On Friday, January 24, the office of Efling will operate at a reduced capacity after 1 PM

On Friday, January 24, the office of Efling will operate at a reduced capacity after 1 PM. due to employees’ course in Security. It will not affect those members that want to vote on the work stoppage at Reykjavík city, members can vote until the office closes at 3.15 PM. Simple inquiries will be resolved and members can fill out simple applications in Sickness and Educational fund, but Rights and Employment Terms officers will not be available for interview.

Educational grants increases for individuals

On January 1st of 2020 the maximum amount of individual grants from the funds of Efling for education, work training and development will be raised from 100.000 ISK to 130.000 ISK per year. Rights to payments can be saved up for up to three years and the maximum amount of accumulated rights to payments will therefore be raised from 300.000 ISK to 390.000 ISK. Efling urges its members to use its educational funds, within the context of work and outside it. The raise is valid with regards to studies beginning on January 1st. 2020.

Strike vote for Reykjavík city begins on January 21

A vote on the calling of a strike among members of Efling who work for Reykjavík city starts at noon on Tuesday, January 21, and concludes at noon on Sunday, January 26. Balloting will take place online. For those who can’t vote online are invited to cast their ballot at the union’s office and in a mobile polling station which will be driven between workplaces. An exceptions committee will process requests for minimum staffing at workplaces such as nursing homes. The negotiation committee of Efling vis-a-vis Reykjavík city agreed at a meeting January 10 that a vote is to be held on the calling of a strike among members of Efling that work according to the collective agreement between the Reykjavík city and Efling. The strike applies to all the members of Efling who are employed by the city according to the collective agreement of the Reykjavík city and Efling – union which expired on March 31st of 2019. More information on how the vote will take place will be published as soon as possible. The work stoppage will consist of union members going on strike for a definite amount of time during certain days and indefinitely after a certain date. – Tuesday, February 4th, 2020: Work stops from 12:30 noon until 11:59pm. – Thursday, February 6th, 2020: Work stops from 12:01 midnight until 11:59pm. – Tuesday, February 11th 2020: Work stops from 12:30 noon until 11:59pm. – Wednesday, February 12th 2020: Work stops from 12:01midnight until 11:59pm. – Thursday, February 13th 2020: Work stops from 12:01 midnight until 11:59pm. – Monday, February 17th 2020: Work stops at 12:01 midnight for an indefinite amount of time.

Preparations underway for strike actions in the City

The negotiating committee of Efling responsible for negotiating with the City of Reykjavík has accepted a proposal for a work stoppage action which is planned for February. The union’s members are required to approve the proposal and preparations for a vote are underway in the Efling offices. According to the proposal, strike actions lasting for half and whole days will take place with increasing frequency in the previous half of February and a strike action of indefinite duration from Monday, of February 17th. At the end of today’s negotiation with the state mediator, a decision was reached to put forth a proposal for a strike call. Negotiations will continue along with preparations for strike actions. Today, the committee requested a negotiation meeting with the City of Reykjavík for next Thursday. “The City of Reykjavík has made no effort to address the issues of the low wage earners who keep the City’s basic services running or to live up to its own rhetoric about making the City into a workplace which values equality. The City of Reykjavík has been disrespectful towards its lowest paid staff in these negotiations with their behavior, delays and indifference,” said Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, the chairman of Efling. “We are fed up. We demand that a fair agreement be reached as soon as possible. We are hopeful that next week’s meeting will yield results.” Further information regarding the vote will be made public in the next few days. Over 1800 of the employees of the City of Reykjavík are paid according to the collective agreement of Efling. Thereof, over 1000 work in preschools, 710 do caretaking work at the welfare division and about 140 do various kinds of work at the environmental and organizational division.
The proposal is included as an attachment – with changes from January 14, 2020 – see here. The photo was taken during the meeting of the negotiating committee today, January 10th. It depicts members of Efling who work for the City.  

Efling´s office in Hveragerði is closed today

Efling´s office in Hveragerdi will be closed today due to weather conditions.

Closes today at 1 p.m.!

The offices of Efling in Reykjavík and Hveragerði will be closed today at 1.00 p.m. due to weather. The legal consultation with the lawyers will not be today but will be instead on Thursday December 12 from 1 p.m – 4.p.m.

On Thursday, December 12, the office will open at 09:00

On Thursday 12th of December the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause

Longer opening hours on Wednesdays

The opening hours of the Efling office will be extended as a trial on Wednesdays until 6 pm in December and January. The extended opening hours are intended for members who find it inconvenient, due to work, to come to the office during the regular opening hours which are 8:15-16:00 pm on weekdays. The extended opening will be from 4 pm to 6 pm on Wednesdays. It will apply to three Wednesdays in December and four in January: December 4 2019 December 11 2019 December 18 2019 January 8 2020 January 15 2020 January 22 2020 January 29 2020 The full services of the union will not be provided. Instead, it will be prioritized to offer service to members who wish to speak with a rights and employment terms officer (kjaramálafulltrúi). It will be possible to hand in applications to the education and sickness funds but not for sickness benefits (sjúkradagpeningar). The effects of the trial will be evaluated at the end of January, with the aim to continue and introduce changes, if such are needed.

Deadline for applications in December

From Efling-Trade Union Sickness Benefits – and Educational Fund Applications, doctor’s certificates and other documents for Efling Sickness Benefits Fund and the Educational Fund need to be submitted on or before the 13th of December to receive payment in December. Grants and sickness benefits in December 2019 will be paid out on Friday 20st of December. The next payment after that is January 10, 2020. The board and employees of Efling- Trade Union Sickness Benefits- and Educational Fund

Christmas market on Saturday, November 30

On Saturday, November 30, Efling will have its Christmas market at the union offices in Guðrúnartún 1, 4th floor. The market will be open from 1.00 pm to 6.30 pm. Handicraft will be available at the market, perfect for Christmas presents. There will be a festive atmosphere, some refreshments, music and recreation for kids. You can check out the event on Efling Facebook page and the handicraft
here.

Democracy not Plutocracy – The Natural Resources in Our Hands! Austurvöllur November 23, at 2 PM

Efling encourages people to gather at a protest meeting in Austurvöllur, this Saturday, November 23 at 2 PM. Efling, the Constitution Society, The Transparency Society against Corruption and many more, have joined forces calling for a demonstration at this meeting. Among speakers is Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, chairman of Efling.  The Namibian public is robbed by Iceland’s largest fishing company. The Icelandic public is robbed of the profits of its natural resources. Annually, dozens of billions of Icelandic krónas stream into the private pockets of the owners of large scale fishing companies, money that should go into public funds for the maintenance and build-up of society. Injustice thrives in the shadow of a dated constitution and political corruption. Political parties stand submissive against the special interest of a handful of those who have managed to get an iron grip on the entire nation in the shelter of exploitation and excessive profits.  Financial connections between the large scale fishing companies and the political parties need to be investigated and systematic uprooting of tax heavens and money laundering is crucial. In the fall of 2012 Althing asked the public for recommendations for a new constitution and received the requested proposal and subsequently called for a national referendum so the public could decide.  Over 2/3 of the voters (67%) agreed that the recommendations should form the basis of the new constitution. Seven years have passed and nothing has happened! In Iceland, democracy is undermined by subservient service to special interests and a threatening disregard for the democratic will of voters and repeated attacks on the new constitution. The band Hatari which was Iceland’s Eurovision entry this year will perform at the protests. The band was noticed by many by their political stand with Palestine during the competition which was hosted in Israel. — Demonstration has been announced at Austurvöllur outside the Icelandic parliament Althing, Saturday, November 23, in wake of the disclosure of grand scale briberies and corruption of Samherji, Iceland’s largest fishing company. Running big operations at home and large scale subsidiaries in multiple countries around the world, Samherji has been nick-named the flag ship of the Icelandic fisheries.  One of their biggest international operations has been in Namibia in Africa, one the world’s poorest countries. The scandal was revealed in a joint TV program prepared by the Icelandic State TV, Wikileaks and Al Jazeera and aired on the Icelandic state TV channel, November 12. The program disclosed exploitation and massive briberies sent from the Samherji bank account in Norway into accounts in tax havens in Mauritania (and other countries) and from there to personal bank accounts in Dubai, owned by Namibian politicians.  The disclosure has caused political conflicts and resignation of two Namibian ministers involved in the briberies. In Iceland, the scandal sent tremors all over society and ordinary citizens are both angry and sad in the wake of the disgraceful corruption. Only three years ago, the Panama papers revealed hidden treasures of Icelandic politicians and numerous Icelandic magnates in faraway tax heavens. The demand for a new constitution to take effect – voted for in a national referendum in 2012 – has been ignored by political leaders. The Samherji scandal points the focus once more on the importance of a new constitution as it is yet another case that shows the abnormal connections between Icelandic political leaders and the big fishing companies, which have generously paid into the funds of some parties and their representatives in the Althing. The Samherji-Files program with English subtitles:
https://www.ruv.is/kveikur/fishrot/ See also: https://www.ruv.is/frett/namibian-ministers-resign-over-samherji-revelations https://www.ruv.is/frett/samherji-corruption-files-friday-update https://www.ruv.is/frett/icelandic-captain-arrested-in-namibia        Demands: Immediate resignation of the Minister of Fisheries. Althing implements the new and revised constitution which the people of Iceland wrote and voted for in a national referendum in 2012 – and of course with the provision of natural resources agreed by the voters. Profits of the utilization of the commonly owned resources should go into public funds aimed at societal development and to ensure decent living standards for all.  

On Friday, November 15, the office will open at 09:00

On Friday 15th of November the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause

Deadline for applications in December

From Efling-Trade Union Sickness Benefits – and Educational Fund Applications, doctor’s certificates and other documents for Efling Sickness Benefits Fund and the Educational Fund need to be submitted on or before the 13th of December to receive payment in December. Grants and sickness benefits in December 2019 will be paid out on Friday 20st of December. The next payment after that is January 10, 2020. The board and employees of Efling- Trade Union Sickness Benefits- and Educational Fund

The office in Hveragerði is open Monday and Tuesday

The Efling office in Hveragerði is open Monday October 21 and Tuesday October 22 from 9.00 – 15.00.

Parking is free for guests of Guðrúnartún 1 only

As of Monday, October 21, the parking lot at Guðrúnartún 1 will be managed by access control via a new system managed by Securitas. The parking lot will only be available to guests and staff of the house from 7am to 7pm on weekdays. Those who park there but are not visitors or workers in the house can expect to be charged a fee of 4,500 kr. The parking lot in Guðrúnartún 1 tends to be pretty full, and it’s nearly impossible to park there. Sadly, many who park at the house are not going there. This is why the new system is being implemented, to improve service and access of members. Licence plate number registration Union members in Efling, who visit the office, must register their licence plate into a portal that’s located in the reception of Efling on the 3rd floor, and will get a specific time allocated in the parking lot. A portal will also be available on the 4th floor, in the education centre of Efling, for those who are attending courses and meetings there.

On Friday 18th of October the office will open at 09:00

On Friday 18th of October the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

The office in Hveragerði is open Monday and Tuesday

The Efling office in Hveragerði is open Monday October 14 and Tuesday October 15 from 9.00 – 15.00.

Polish intro meeting well attended

Efling held a meeting in Polish yesterday on rights and obligations in the labour market. The meeting was well attended.Wieslawa Vera Lupinska, a case officer at Efling, talked about the headline items of the collective agreement, such as sickness rights, terms of notice etc. She also informed attendees of their claims to the union’s funds. The meeting is a part of the union’s aim of providing members of foreign origin with information on their rights in the labour market and in the union. The need for such meetings was reflected in the large number of guests, and the union will provide more of them in the future. Next week a similar meeting will be held in English. You’ll find more information on that meeting
here.

The Efling office will be closed on Thursday and Friday

The office of Efling will be closed Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

On Friday 13h of September the office will open at 09:00

On Friday 13h of September the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

You can book summerhouse over Christmas and New Year tomorrow at. 8.15

The union remind members that they can book summerhouses over Christmas and New Year from tomorrow at 8.15 You can only rent one week, from Friday to Friday, either over Christmas or New Year. The periods are: Over Christmas: 20.12. – 27.12.2019 New Year: 27.12.2019 – 03.01.2020. No applications – only first book first gets. You can book directly on the
booking website or here at the office tel.510 7500.

Lifestyle - Editorial from the chairman

Aldís Hafsteinsdóttir, the chairman of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities (SÍS) commented in Vikulokin on August 24th, when discussing the high wages of mayors and other municipal administrators, that being mayor was, in a sense, a lifestyle. With these words she was referring to the responsibility and the time which goes into handling one’s responsibilities. Gunnar Einarsson, mayor of Garðabær, the highest paid mayor of the country spoke along the same lines when he said in an interview on RÚV that he was at work twenty-four hours a day and shouldered a lot of responsibility. Now we’ve heard this record play so often, about the responsibility and diligence, that the self-aggrandizement and self-justification no longer surprises us, but it is nevertheless interesting to examine the responses of the administrators to the discussion regarding wages, especially since they seem to be effective; you can be sure that the next news regarding the wages of the top-tier of local authorities will be of raises and, for justification purposes, it is a safe bet that there will be references to responsibilities and to these poor people having to always be on the clock. And in light of concepts such as responsibility and diligence, it is also interesting to contemplate the irresponsibility of SÍS in the past summer when it decided against the deposit of 105.000 kronas to the members of Efling and other members within the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS), which was meant to help low-wage earners get through the period of waiting for the wage increases which have already been negotiated in the private sector, and also the responsibility which the low-paid municipal workers certainly shoulder each day in their jobs. Responsibility which is ultimately so unappreciated that the people in power disregard it completely, while of course being fully aware that without the efforts of these working hands there would be no municipalities to run, no extravagant wages to apportion to themselves. That responsibility, which all inhabitants of the municipalities count on being shouldered by those who do the work, is nevertheless never appreciated. Iceland now has 356.991 inhabitants, a small group of people in a rich country. But despite these obvious facts, the top tier of public administrators has precisely zero interest in distributing the wealth fairly and equally. Although these administrators have every opportunity to begin the worthy and necessary task of improving the wages and working conditions of low-wage earners, there seems to be no interest within their ranks in doing so. The lack of interest is extremely dispiriting but unfortunately also as predictable as the annual self-congratulations for responsibility and diligence. Appreciating only the work oneself does as significant and important is a kind of lifestyle. Ignoring the public outcry over ridiculous wage inequality is kind of lifestyle – a kind of lifestyle to weather the criticism each year and then proceed as though nothing happened. Doing nothing to counter inequality is a kind of lifestyle, and so is actively contributing to it. If it’s true that mayors are on the clock twenty-four hours a day, then isn’t it reasonable to expect them to take a few of those hours to use, putting themselves in the shoes of the low-wage earners who do their work diligently, often under great stress and in difficult conditions? Can they not be expected to spare a thought for the circumstances of those who keep the municipalities going with their work? Isn’t it ultimately reasonable and natural to expect them, with all their responsibility, to also start working for the people who do the work? Or is that perhaps a lifestyle which is inappropriate for the extravagantly paid mayors of Iceland? Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, chairman of Efling

On Friday 16th of August the office will open at 09:00

On Friday 16th of August the office will open at 09:00 due to a staff meeting. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Start booking summer houses for the winter on Thursday, August 15 at 8.15

You can start booking summer houses for the winter on Thursday, August 15 at 8.15, you can book from August 30 until Christmas. Both weekend and weekly rentals can be booked. It will be possible to book Christmas and New Year from September 10. We encourage Efling´s members to look at the
BOOKING WEBSITE and use it to book a house if they can (it is in Icelandic), but it is also possible to book a house at the Efling office, Guðrúnartún 1 or by tel. 510 -7500. You can look at the list of summer houses here and you can see detailed instructions on how to book a house (in Icelandic) here.   

Day trip in Árnessýsla

Efling is offering the members of the union a day trip  in Árnessýsla, where we will travel around the up-country of South Iceland. We will spend a whole day exploring its wonderful nature, for example Tungufell, a canyon in Hvítá named Brúarhlöð, a beautiful waterfall named Faxi and also the famous Gullfoss and Geysir. In the late afternoon we will visit the acclaimed greenhouse in Friðheimar there will be served a delicious tomato soup with home baked bread in the acclaimed greenhouse in Friðheimar and also have a short presentation of how to grow tomatoes in a cold country. There will be two travelling dates, August 24th and 31st. The journey starts at Guðrúnartún 1 at exactly 08:15. We expect to come back at about 20:00. Paricipants must bring their own lunches, warm clothing and appropriate outdoor clothing and good shoes. Members of Efling may invite one guest with them. The price is only 6.000 kr. for each person. Including in the price is the bus, a tour guide and a light dinner in Friðheimar. Now we offer free for children under 14 years old. Booking will start on 15 th of May. You can book at the office of Efling, the phone number is 510-7500 or by e-mail, at the e-mail address 
orlof@efling.is with name, personal id number (kennitala) and phone number.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new cluster of vacation houses belonging to Efling in Aratunga

On Thursday, 27 June, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for the new cluster of holiday houses belonging to Efling in Aratunga in Biskupstungur. It’s fair to say that this is a momentous occasion for the union. The plans have been under way for a long time and a lot of effort has been put into its preparation. 12 houses will be built in two stages and it is estimated that union members will be able to make use of the first houses in the middle of next year.  Sveinn Ingvason, head of the vacation division at Efling, has worked tirelessly for years to see this cluster of vacation houses become a reality. He says that there are mainly three things about this venture which make it special: The location is unique. The ground slants down to Tungufljót in Biskupstungur, above the row of cliffs which separate the area from the houses in Aratunga. The natural environment there is breathtaking and the view over the countryside surrounding Tungufljót is indescribable. The proximity to the services offered in Reykholt is also a great advantage and last but not least it is unique for Efling to own this land and therefore to be able to draw up plans for a cluster of 12 vacation homes utterly on its own terms, where the whole project is tailored to the needs and demands of the union’s members.  The history of this vacation house cluster may be traced all the way back to the year 1944 when the labor union Dagsbrún bought a piece of land with the aim of building a recreation- and retirement-home for the members of Dagsbrún. This idea is an unusually progressive one for that time, coming as it did before the era of vacation rights for workers and before unions were able to offer their members the use of vacation houses. Although the retirement home was not built at that time, it may be said that the purchase of that land and the ideas for a retirement home there were the first inklings of the current vacation policies of the unions. These years saw a great struggle for the increased vacation rights of workers and this idea for a retirement home was a very prescient one. Along with the right to longer and better vacations, the plans for vacation houses changed. It is therefore a great honor to be able to realize these farsighted ideas of our predecessors, albeit in a slightly different form, where the cluster of vacation houses is tailored to the needs of the current members of Efling.  
Reykholt skoflustunga gullregn hopmynd

ARE YOU A SUMMER EMPLOYEE?

Do you know your rights? Sumer employees have lately been coming to Efling, seeking help with questions about their rights. Here is a list of a few things that matter for summer employees: Holiday bonus/Orlof You are always entitled to a holiday bonus/orlof! That applies even if you do not take a summer holiday. The holiday bonus should never be a part of your salary, they should be added on to all other wages and should be made separate on your payslip. It is either payed into a special holiday bonus bank account or as holiday bonus hours. Payslip Write down all of the hours that you work and make sure you get a payslip. On a payslip you can see how many hours you are getting paid for. We recommend to always compare the hours that you wrote down to the hours that are on your payslip to see if the hours have been correctly calculated. Employment contract Get an employment contract. An employment contract should have important information about your rights, salary and duties. Flat wage/Jafnaðarkaup Are you getting paid a flat wage? If so then you are getting paid the same hourly rate every day of the year and for every hour of the day. Summer employees are usually working a lot of evening and weekend shifts which means it is normal to get paid overtime for those hours. If you want more information please contact Efling by sending a message to
efling@efling.is

On Thursday 27th of June the office will close at 15:00

On Thursday 27th of June the office will close at 15:00. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause

The office in Hveragerði will be open before Easter - possible to vote!

The office in Hveragerði will be open on Tuesday April 16th and Wednesday April 17th 8:15-16:00. For those who are not able to cast their votes electronically of the new collective agreement there will be an absentee ballot at the office both these days.

Strike exemptions committee – driving service for people with disabilities exempted

The strike exemptions committee of Efling has started its work. It will process exemption requests for the strikes Efling has called. The requests have to be accompanied with clear reasoning, referencing dire need, humanitarian considerations or the status of espcially vulnerable groups. Driving services for people with disabilities will be automatically exempted from any strike action. Drivers in that sector are therefore allowed to carry on with their jobs through the strike. Exemption requests should be sent to the email address 
undanthagunefnd@efling.is and contain the following information: Name of company, kennitala, and address. Number of company employees. Number of employees who should be exempted. Name, kennitala and job description of the employees that should be exempted. Reason for exemption. Period of exemption. Name, phone number and email address of contact person between company and committee.

Tax return – registration for assistance

This year as in previous years Efling will offer members assistance in making tax returns. Call 510-7500 to make an appointment. The assistance is mostly for simple tax returns. If you have more complex returns such as the purchase and sale of assets, this must be specified when the appointment is made. Assistance to tax returns is only for members and their spouses. The number of tax returns must be stated when appointment is made. It is necessary to have a web key or electronic ID in a mobile phone with you for the appointment. Assistance will be provided on Saturday 9 March and on Sunday 10 March if needed. Members are encouraged to take advantage of this service and book as soon as possible. Efling lawyer Karl Ó. Karlsson at LAG lawyers oversees the assistance. Please contact Efling office for further details.

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