The Icelandic Teachers Union reported last night that the strike, starting this morning, was inevitable. Almost all high school (or junior college) teachers in Iceland are now on a strike, waiting for the Government to agree on a salary increase or correction.
The teachers are requesting a 17% salary increase, which they believe to be a salary correction - after being underpaid for years, after difficult cuts in the educational system following the economic collapse in 2008.
Most students in Iceland, 16-20 years old, were therefor able to sleep late this morning and for the unseeable future, as the word is that great differences are still between the negotiation teams from the government on one hand and the teachers on the other. Negotiations went on today and will continue.
Worried about finals
School masters and teachers have encouraged students to keep showing up at the schools (which are open), to study by themselves, and some students already showed up this first morning. Many students could be worried about the upcoming finals, especially those looking to join the University this fall. Others are celebrating this "godsend" and sleep, party and relax as never before.