Iceland Cultural Story: How Unions Help Support Icelandic Fishermen (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

On November 10th, Iceland’s largest industry will potentially be put on hold as the country’s fishermen grow increasingly upset with their current wages and the pricing of fish. The country’s fishermen have threatened a strike if their demands are not met. The prices of fish correlate with fishermen’s wages directly, and the Fishermen’s Union of Iceland is currently negotiating a contract with their ship owners to work on raising the price of fish.

Chairman of the Fishermen’s Union of Iceland Valmund Valmundsson and University of Iceland political science professor Ólafur Hardarson spoke about these grievances and how politics come into play with the fishermen’s well-being. (Editors Note/correction: the average yearly minimum wage in the U.S. is $15,080, it is not the average monthly minimum wage as was misstated in the audio piece below).

Also, here’s a teaser from my campaign finance story, which will air in the final radio documentary on January 14th and January 15th at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM. This is University of Iceland political science professor Ólafur Hardarson.

 

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