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.