​A symposium organised by Efling, SGS and ASÍ on the situation of foreign labour in Iceland

Interesting lectures and discussions live streamed from the organizations media February 23 – 26, 2021.

All events will be interpreted in English and Icelandic.

February 23, 15:00–16:00

The reality of foreign workers in Iceland

Kristín Heba Gísladóttir, managing director at Varða presents the main results of a new survey on the reality of foreign workers in the Icelandic labor market

Drífa Snædal, president of ASÍ leads a discussion

• Anna Wojtynska, postdoctoral researcher in anthropology at HÍ.
• Hallfríður Þórarinsdóttir, managing director at Mirra
• Kristín Heba Gísladóttir, managing director at Varða

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February 24, 15:00–16:00

Gig work and vulnerability in the Icelandic labor market

Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, chairman of Efling, leads a discussion about the situation of Polish workers in Iceland

• Adda Guðrún Gylfadóttir, sociologist at HÍ
• Agnieszka Ewa Ziólkowska, vice-chairman of Efling
• Piotr Roicki, former hotel worker and Efling member

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February 25th, 15:00–16:00

Helping hands in Icelandic tourism

Viðar Þorsteinsson, managing director at Efling, leads a discussion on the contribution of foreign workers to Icelandic tourism

  • “Tourism workers shouldn’t be seen as disposable junk”, Magnfríður Júlíusdóttir, lecturer in human geography at HÍ.
  • Foreign labour’s experience of covid in tourism, Arndís Ósk Magnúsdóttir, at the HÍ research institute in Höfn.
  • Take the opportunity, build exemplary tourism, Guðbjörg Kristmundsdóttir, chairman of Verkalýðs- og sjómannafélag Keflavíkur og nágrennis and of ASÍ’s working group on the development of tourism

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February 26th, 13:00–14:00

Labor trafficking – Reality in Iceland

Halla Gunnarsdóttir, managing director of ASÍ, leads a discussion about labor trafficking in Iceland

• Ragna Björg Guðbrandsdóttir, team manager of the executive team for human trafficking in Bjarkarhlíð
• Logan Smith Sigurðsson, victim of human trafficking, activist and chairman at Stop the Traffik Iceland
• Margrét Steinarsdóttir, managing director of the Icelandic human rights center and member of the executive team for human trafficking in Bjarkarhlíð

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