ICELAND : Reports that their Eurovision Entry is in Jeopardy of being withdrawn
There is an ongoing ‘Lawyers Strike’ taking place in Iceland at present and it is having a wide variety of implications in Icelandic Society from Social, Economic and now Cultural aspects.
So who is involved?
Lawyers from the ‘Icelandic Association of Academics’ (BHM) have taken strike action since last Tuesday April 7th. Continued talks with the Icelandic Government have collapsed over wage disputes. Furthermore there appears to be no movement from both sides and they remain in a stalemate.This industrial action is affecting legal and notarial services in many areas.
How does this have an impact on Eurovision?
Notaries working for the Reykjavik District Commissioner each year oversee and confirm the votes and results of the Icelandic professional jury at Eurovision. These notaries are currently involved in the ongoing strike action and are refusing to carry out their tasks.
An announcement issued by BHM this morning detailing the various effects of the lawyers’ strike on Icelandic Society warns that “protracted strike action could jeopardise Iceland’s Eurovision participation”.
No comment as yet from the Icelandic Eurovision Delegation but we will keep you posted.
Maria Olafs is scheduled to perform the song ‘Unbroken’ at Eurovision in Vienna.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : MBL.is