Union representatives

Courses for the union representatives of Efling in the public and private sectors are taught in four parts. Breakfast and lunch is included and on the last day there will be a graduation celebration with refreshments where students receive a gift and a group photo is taken. To register for a course, union representatives must send an email to efling@efling.is or call 510 7500.

Union representative course – part 1
Union representatives learn about the operations of the union, especially regarding wage claims, workplace visits, the organization of the union and its staff. The interpretation of collective agreements, the rights to payments from the funds of Efling, basic conversation skills, how to read payslips and wage calculations are all covered in depth.

Union representative course – part 2
Discussions on how to mobilize colleagues and increase the collective power of employees in the workplace are covered in this course. The course focuses on the roles of Efling and ASÍ, as well as communication in the workplace and employment law. Laws on maternity leave and parental leave, unemployment benefits, group layoffs, and the effects of bankruptcies are covered.

Union representative course – part 3
Students learn the basic role of the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health, its work, laws and regulations on worker safety, as well as collective agreement stipulations. Students are taught what constitutes sexual harassment and how to deal with such violations in the workplace. The effect of self-confidence in communication is covered and the focus is set on teaching union representatives to set boundaries. By the end of this course, the main concepts of economics – purchasing power, index, inflation and expansion of the economy are explained in plain terms.

Union representative course – part 4
The basics of negotiations are covered, how they are usedto resolve matters that union representatives often deal with. Students learn to present their case and participate in discussions during workplace meetings, points of orderand the recording of minutes. The operations of the pension system are covered, which will prove useful for those union representatives who wish to take part in running pension funds.

The courses are available in both Icelandic and English.

Part 2, January 19th to 21st
Part 3, February 9th to 11th
Part 4, March 9th to 11th

Part 1, January 26th to 28th
Part 2, February 23rd to 25th
Part 3, March 23rd to 25th
Part 4, April 13th to 15th

Classes: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45am–3:15pm.
Location: Efling headquarters, Guðrúnartún 1, 4th floor.
The course is free of charge for the union representatives of Efling.


Back to work

Efling has four short courses for jobseekers, under the heading Aftur til vinnu (Back to work). Classes take place in groups of 14 with two instructors for each group. One or more courses may be selected, depending on the needs of each person.
The courses are available in Icelandic and English.

What do I have to offer?
During this course, students receive the assistance of an educational- and vocational counselor in gathering the relevant records on their skills and abilities in the labor market.

Icelandic: September 15th from 9:00am–12:00 noon.
English: September 15th from 1:00pm–4:00pm.

Who am I?
The making of a CV and letter of introduction is covered under the guidance of a professional consultant.

Icelandic: September 17th from 9:00am–12:00 noon
English: September 17th from 1:00pm–4:00pm

How should I proceed?
Students are taught how to apply for work online, how to utilize and strengthen social networks while looking for work and given practical advice for job interviews.

Icelandic: September 22nd from 9:00am–12:00 noon.
English: September 22nd from 1:00pm–4:00pm.

How can I use technology to find work?
This course reviews how to use job search technology, digital media to promote oneself and word processing programs in order to set up a CV and cover letter. Computer skills are not required in order to attend this course.

Icelandic and English: September 24th from 9:00am–2:30pm with a half-hour lunch break.

The courses take place at Mímir at Höfðabakki 9
Register at Efling by phone at 510 7500 or by email at efling@efling.is
The courses are free of charge for members of Efling.

Rights and responsibilities in the labor market

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.

The course is available in Icelandic, English and Polish.

Icelandic: September 29th from 7:00pm–9:00pm.
English: October 6th from 7:00pm–9:00pm.
Polish: October 13th from 7:00pm–9:00pm.

The courses take 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 is free of charge for members of Efling.

The Icelandic tax system

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 is available in English and Polish.

English: September 17th from 7:00pm–9:00pm.
Polish: September 24th from 7:00pm–9:00pm.

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 is free of charge for Efling members.

At crossroads – Retirement course

The course is intended for those approaching retirement or have recently retired and provides practical information on what you need to consider after retirement. Among the items covered are insurance, pension rights, the effect of retirement on one’s health, housing, social activities and your rights in the union.
The course is conducted in cooperation with Mímir.

The course is available in Icelandic and English.

Icelandic: The first course on September 22nd, 24th and 29th from 1:00pm–4:00pm. The second course on October 13th, 15th and 20th from 6:00pm–9:00pm.
English: October 27th and 29th and November 3rd from 6:00pm –9:00pm. – postponed

The courses take 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 is free of charge for Efling members.

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

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!

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.

September 24th – Resilience
Ingrid Kuhlman, MSc of applied practical psychology (MAPP), discusses the value of resilience in the face of adversity.

October 1st – Self-care
Helga Arnardóttir, social- and health-psychologist, discusses methods of self-care.

October 8th – The World is Getting Better
Ásgeir Jónsson, counsellor, looks 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).

October 15th – Everyday Yoga
Alicja Natalia Wacowska, Yoga Instructor, will guide participants through simple, everyday yoga exercises.

October 22 – Tenants´ rights
Einar Bjarni Einarsson and Kolbrún Arnar Villadsen, lawyers for The Consumers´ Association of Iceland, will inform us about everything regarding tenants.

29 October – Volunteer work with the Red Cross
Brynhildur Bolladóttir, Information Officer at the Red Cross, will speak about the Redd Cross´ volunteer projects. It can be good to volunteer when looking for a job in order to maintain a routine, give back to the community and gain experience.

5 November – Can you start a business at low cost?
Sigurður Steingrímsson, project manager at Nýsköpunarmiðstöð, will discuss ways to start your own business.

12 November – Are we sleeping enough?
Erla Björnsdóttir, psychologist, discusses the importance of sleep and ways to improve our sleep.

More lectures will be introduced later.

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