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What is BHM?

Bandalag háskólamanna, Confederation of University Students, was founded in 1958 and is the umbrella organization of professional and trade unions of university-educated people in the Icelandic labour market. Within BHM, there are currently 28 member associations with a total of around 16,000 members who work in various industries, both in the public sector and in the open market.

The role of BHM is to:

  • Strengthen the member associations and promote mutual support and solidarity between them.
  • Enhance members' knowledge of wage and rights issues.
  • Formulate the joint strategy of the associations in their interests.
  • Negotiate on matters of common interest and rights according to agency.
  • Assist the associations in drawing up collective agreements.
  • Protect the interests of members with respect to the state and the legislature.
  • Initiate a discussion about university education and the position of university graduates in the labour market.
  • Conduct regular analysis of wage trends in the labour market for the preparation of wage negotiations.
  • Cooperate with sister organizations of university graduates and other similar organizations abroad.
  • Manage the operation and administration of the member associations' collective funds according to service agreements.