Teachers in Iceland are on the fifth day of a strike with no resolution in sight. The Icelandic teachers union (KI) are asking that upper secondary school teachers'  wages be comparable to other graduate professions in the public sector. At present teachers earn 17% less then other equivalent graduates. The government is offering a pay rise of 2.8% -nowhere near enough to make up the shortfall.

KI leaders say that the strike isn't just about teachers' pay but about the future of Icelandic public education since young people are being put off joining the profession by the low wages. Education International is supporting the Icelandic teachers. In a statement, General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen said: “We support KI in their struggle to ensure decent living and working conditions for teachers, and therefore quality education for all children. We call on Iceland’s public authorities to go on negotiating in good faith, and reach an agreement as soon as possible with organisations representing education personnel."

Many upper secondary school students are supportive of the strike. One told reporters: "I support the secondary school teachers 190% in this action and I believe most others feel the same way. Our anger is focused on the government; not the teachers."