December 4, 2023

The Never Ending Struggle for Food, Clothing and Housing

Many employees working in hotels and other types of lodging in the greater Reykjavik area, as well as drivers who are members of a trade union called Efling, are now on strike. Low salaries are being paid to the employees, and they have demanded that they be increased to a level that will allow them to make ends meet. Everyone in our wealthy nation ought to have access to food, clothing, and housing; yet, this is not the case; hence, the right of the people to go on strike is used to advocate for higher salaries for workers. It is anticipated that the strikes will have a far greater impact on the services that are provided to tourists in the event that they are not able to negotiate.

Strikes could have a big impact on the tourism business, especially on airlines and public transportation services like buses and trains. People working for these services could go on strike, which could stop them from running as usual. It might create severe inconvenience and delays for passengers. There is also the chance that hotels and other types of lodging may be required to refuse guests, and it is unclear what actions will be taken in the event that this scenario plays out.

In a similar way, strikes by people who work in public transportation can make it hard for locals and tourists to get where they need to go. This could lead to long lines, too many people, and delays, all of which are annoying and inconvenient for customers. It’s possible that travelers will need to look into alternate modes of transportation at some point during their trip, which could result in increased expenses and complicated logistics.

Generally speaking, these strikes can have a big effect on the travel industry. Because of this, travelers are strongly encouraged to keep their knowledge up-to-date and make the right plans. Check with your airline, place of lodging, or mode of transportation to see if there are any changes and be ready to make other plans if needed.

My opinion is that it is possible to reach a solution that will stop any additional strikes. Many tourism-related businesses are well-run, and foreign visitors bring in a lot of money. There is, in my opinion, room to raise the wages of those who are currently earning the least. 

The most recent information shows that talks are still going on, and there is a small chance that they will lead to a good outcome.