Andrea Árting

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Described as ‘one of the truly great figures of the Faroese labour movement’, Andrea Árting, the chairwoman of Tórshavn’s Working Women Association for forty years, appears on a new stamp issued to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Andrea Árting’s lifelong dream was finally fulfilled with the labour market wage negotiations in 1977.

During tough negotiations with the 85-year-old trade union leader at the head of the workers’ representatives, the employers finally agreed to equal pay for men and women.

The hourly wages were increased incrementally year by year until reaching that of men in 1981. Andrea Árting died on May 30, 1988. She reportedly followed with interest social developments and debates until she finally passed way.

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