VR was established in 1891 as Verzlunarmannafélag Reykjavíkur by employees and employers engaged in commerce and became a general employee’s union on 28 February 1955. The Union’s name was changed to VR in 2006. The object of the Union is to improve the terms of employment of its members and to protect their rights.
The President of VR is Ragnar Þór Ingólfsson, elected to a two year term in 2017.
About the Board of Directors
The Union's Articles of Association provides for the membership of the Board of Directors and their election. The President is elected on a personal basis every other year as are seven board members.
About the Shop Stewards Committee
The role of the Shop Stewards Committee is defined in the Union’s Articles of Association. The Shop Stewards Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on any major issues that may arise in the operation of the Union. The Shop Stewards Committee consists, in addition to the Board, of 82 members or a total of 100 members. VR’s Chairman is also the Chairman of the Shop Stewards Committee.
There are three subdivisions within VR, in east Iceland, south Iceland and in Vestmannaeyjar. The role of a subdivision includes involvement in the common interests of employees within sectors, encouraging their education and addressing employment terms issues.
VR members are domiciled in the following jurisdictions:
- Húnathing vestra,
- the entire east coast of Iceland
- south Iceland
- and Akranes and its environs.