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The Chamber of Labour AK produces since 2016 an annual welfare study. In the current edition, AK ... [more]

The Chamber of Labour AK produces since 2016 an annual welfare study. In the current edition, AK provides the reader with an interesting chapter on the distribution of income, the wage development and inequality. Additional parts underpin the gender pay gap, labour productivity and the distribution of wealth. The report has other chapters on employment and fair and decent work, the quality of life, sustainability and economic stability. The authors expect over a 5-year period, ending in 2019, a relatively positive development of the welfare situation. They are critical about the indicators ‘full and decent employment’, ‘fair distribution of wealth’ and a ‘sustainable environment’.

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Trade unions GPA-djp and Vida launched a joint campaign to protest government plans for social re... [more]

Trade unions GPA-djp and Vida launched a joint campaign to protest government plans for social reforms. With the campaign ‘My Heart for a Social Austria’ the unions want to promote the preservation of what they see as ‘one of the best social systems in the world’. Part of the social reform plans of the government that the unions see as ‘anti-worker policy’, is to save 1 billion euro. At a conference of the trade union confederation ÖGB 800 representatives of all unions agreed that a restructuring of the domestic social security system will only be carried out under heavy protest from the unions. The ÖGB threatened indirectly with strikes.

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The collective bargaining in the tourism sector has led to a collective agreement with important ... [more]

The collective bargaining in the tourism sector has led to a collective agreement with important improvements for the low-paid workers in the sector. It is estimated that around 50% of all workers in the sector (total workforce 220,000 workers) will profit from the increase of the minimum wage to 1500 euro. Moreover, also the apprentices’ fees will improve by 2.9%. The pay deal will come into effect on 1 May 2018.

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Trade union vida announced that bicycle couriers working for the app-based restaurant delivery se... [more]

Trade union vida announced that bicycle couriers working for the app-based restaurant delivery service Foodora in Vienna have founded a works council. The union supported the efforts of the couriers to form the works council. Works councils have legal rights to information and consultation on major business decisions. The main goal of the new works council is to negotiate an agreement on working conditions between couriers and management.

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Trade union Vida, the union for cabin crews, and Lufthansa’s Austrian Airlines started in October... [more]

Trade union Vida, the union for cabin crews, and Lufthansa’s Austrian Airlines started in October 2017 with their bargaining round with the main dispute concerning a pay rise (see our March newsletter). Austrian Airlines offered an increase in salaries of 2.1% and an additional onetime pay of 1.4%. The works council and the trade union wanted to raise the wage level to the standard level that is paid across the industry. Following further negotiations, the collective bargaining partners succeeded in establishing a key issues paper for the conclusion of a collective agreement. Parties have agreed not to publicise any further details on the agreement at the moment. Eurowings did not provide any details of the deal with Vida. The union stated that cabin crew would get a starting monthly salary of 1,700 euro, up from under 1,500 euro previously.

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In its annual report 2017, the Labour Chamber (AK) reports on the activities that the AK performs... [more]

In its annual report 2017, the Labour Chamber (AK) reports on the activities that the AK performs on behalf of the workers. AK could resolve, through labour court interventions and through direct mediation, disputes related to labour law issues, insolvencies and consumer protection amounting to in total 231.9 million euro. In the area of social rights/protection a total sum of compensation of around 229 million euro was reached.

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Trade union Vida, the union for on-board personnel, and Lufthansa’s Austrian Airlines started in ... [more]

Trade union Vida, the union for on-board personnel, and Lufthansa’s Austrian Airlines started in October 2017 with their bargaining round. The two sides are still miles away from reaching an agreement. The main dispute concerns a pay rise. Austrian Airlines offered an increase in salaries of 2.1% and an additional onetime pay of 1.4%. The works council and the trade union want to raise the wage level to the standard level that is paid in the industry. At Easyjet, for instance, wages are on average 10 to 20% higher both in the cockpit and in the cabin. The ongoing negotiations resulted in a cancellation of multiple flights.

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The spring round of collective bargaining started on 7 March with the negotiations for the approx... [more]

The spring round of collective bargaining started on 7 March with the negotiations for the approximately 8,000 employees of the paper industry. The electrical and electronics industry (50,000 employees) followed on 12 March. The wage negotiations in the chemical industry (45,000 employees) will start on 5 April 2018. Part of the demands of the workers in the domestic industry are an increase in minimum wages or minimum salaries, increase of actual wages and or actual salaries with special consideration of the recipients of low incomes and a legal claim to leisure option. Negotiators state that the industry is doing well and now is the time for workers to be properly involved in the success.

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The Chamber of Labour and the trade union confederation ÖGB currently campaign on the future of l... [more]

The Chamber of Labour and the trade union confederation ÖGB currently campaign on the future of labour in an online dialogue initiative. The part dedicated to the consequences of an hourly working time of 12-hours led to massive responses, with an online participation of some 18,000 people. Many workers indicated that they already worked long hours and referred to fatigue and increasing work-related stress. The result confirms the expected negative effects. An overwhelming majority of the replies was very critical about the impact of a prolonged working day on the work-life balance, on children care and on the own leisure time.

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In the fourth round of the negotiations, representatives of the Private Employees' Union, Printin... [more]

In the fourth round of the negotiations, representatives of the Private Employees' Union, Printing, Journalism, Paper (GPA-djp) and representatives of the Association of Industrial Manufacturers of Paper and Board Products (PROPAK) agreed on higher minimum wages and salaries for the approximately 9,200 employees in the industry. With an increase of 2.7 percent employees will effectively earn 50 euro a month more. Besides the minimum wages and salaries further agreements have been made on travel expenses and vacation for handicapped employees analogous to the regulations in the collective agreement.

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