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. All union representatives courses have been postponed until the autumn because of restrictions due to Covid19.

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.

All union representatives courses have been postponed until the autumn because of restrictions due to Covid19.

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.


General course

In a new general course Efling members are provided with support and tools to increase their influence, work for the benefit of the trade union movement and society. The course will be divided into four parts and the first part will begin in April 2021.
In the first part of the general course, which will be held in April, Efling members will be shown opportunities for influence and recieve guidance in how to express themselves, the use of social media and other effective ways to express their views and ideals.

Efling will offer students dinner at all teaching evenings. All studies will be held at Efling’s office at Guðrúnartún and there will be no homework required. There are no prequisites for participation in the general course other than having paid Efling membership for for minimum of 3 months the last 6 months. General course students will recieve a graduation gift upon completion of the course.

Taught in English and Icelandic.

Part 1 – Icelandic: April 14th, 21st, 28th and May 5th, 6:00pm–9:00pm.

Part 1 – English: April 15th, 22nd, 29th and May 6th, 6:00pm–9:00pm.

Those who are interested in this course should register by contacting Efling at efling@efling.is or by phone at 510 7500.
The cources are free of charge for Efling members.

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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: May 4-5 at 18.00-21.00
English: April 27-28 at 18.00-21.00

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.

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