Equal Pay Standard

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Icelandic trade unions, the employers’ confederation and government officials have developed an Equal pay management system called “The Equal Pay Standard” that will help employers prevent salary discrimination and enable them to become certified.

The Equal Pay Standard was mandated for companies with 25 employees or more in 2017.

  • Looking for information about equal pay in Iceland?. Kvenréttindafélag Íslands, Iceland. 2017.
    An overview of equal pay legislation in Iceland and the Equal Pay Standard. Also discusses the protests of the Icelandic women’s movement again the gender paygap, starting with the massive protests in 1975 when Icelandic women went on strike to protest the gender pay gap.
  • Certified: Feminist! Using Bureaucracy to Achieve Radical Change. Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir and Maríanna Traustadóttir. Meta Dekleta, Slovenia. 2015.
    An article written about the equal pay standard and its importance to the women’s movement by Maríanna Traustadóttir and Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir. Maríanna is the gender equality officer at the Icelandic Confederation of Labor and a member of the committee which created the equal pay standard.
  • Iceland a Step Closer to Equal Play. Marie Preisler. Nordic Labour Journal, Norway. 2014.
    An article written about the equal pay standard for the Nordic Labour Journal, with an interview with Þorsteinn Víglundsson, the Director General for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers.
  • Iceland intent on eliminating the gender pay gap. Ida Måwe. NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, Norway. 2017.
    An article written about the equal pay standard for the NIKK – Nordic Information on Gender, with an interview with Maríanna Traustadóttir, the gender equality officer at the Icelandic Confederation of Labor and a member of the committee which created the equal pay standard. A very good introduction to the Equal Pay Standard.

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