Iceland: Strike affects Eurovision participation?

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Speculation is growing that an ongoing legal strike could affect Iceland’s participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, due to the rehearsals kick off in four weeks time.

Negations have been ongoing between the Icelandic Association of Academics (BHM) and State representatives to reach agreement in a dispute over wages. Last Tuesday it came to a head with the parties being unable to reach an agreed compromise and the District Commission Lawyers have taken strike action.

But how is the Eurovision participation affected?

It is the notaries working for the Reykjavik Distrist Commission who have the task of validating that the votes given by the Jurors meets the due legal process and, without them, a question was raised as to how this could be done.  The Icelander Head of Delegation has been on RUV Radio to suggest that the problems are not insuperable as there is a Plan B which consists of hiring notaries from outside the capital city and have them validated by Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Gathering all the information about this matter, the conclusion is that the Icelandic Eurovision participation is not affected by the BHM strike.

Stay tuned to for further information on Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015