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The national bank produces every year a database on the distribution of capital based on the so-c... [more]

The national bank produces every year a database on the distribution of capital based on the so-called HFCS-system (Household Finance and Consumption Survey) of the European Central Bank, which calculates the financial situation of individual households. However, the financial situation of the superrich is not really captured by this method. In order to fill the gap, the Arbeiterkammer has assigned a team of researchers with the task to statistically analyse the inequality in capital ownership focusing on the top of the wealth distribution. The result is a working paper that reveals an undercoverage at the top of the distribution and a systematic underestimation of total wealth and wealth inequality.

Read on: the working paper, in German …

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It looks as if a long-term demand of the trade unions will be fulfilled; the parliament is about ... [more]

It looks as if a long-term demand of the trade unions will be fulfilled; the parliament is about to vote on the equal treatment of workers and staff workers (the so-called ‘Angestellte’). The proposal for a unified pay system (and also a unified dismissal procedure) is the result of a two-year preparation by a group of experts. The proposed system will not lead to higher expenses for the employers. Trade union confederation ÖGB criticised the employers that still opposes the introduction of a more harmonised definition of workers.

Read on: in German …

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Trade union GBH has taken the initiative for a Fair Work campaign in the border region Steiermark... [more]

Trade union GBH has taken the initiative for a Fair Work campaign in the border region Steiermark (Styria). In the region, wage and social dumping are very topical was revealed in 2016 by a study. Together with the regional authorities, GBH has opened a service and advice centre for workers, mainly coming from Slovenia. Workers will receive information and advice in their mother tongue about the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’. The idea behind it is to force foreign companies to comply with the local wages and working conditions. The advice centre will also try to detect underpayment and abusive recruitment practices.

Read on: in German … the study (in German) …

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Trade union GPF finalised the negotiations at ÖBB-Postbus. The one-year agreement includes a pay ... [more]

Trade union GPF finalised the negotiations at ÖBB-Postbus. The one-year agreement includes a pay increase between 2.1 and 2.3%, with a minimum of 42 euro, per 1 September 2017. The negotiators, trade union reps and works council members, had formulated demands for a pay increase beyond inflation.

German: http://www.gpf.at/news ...

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The Chamber of Labour (AK) wants 6-week holiday rights for all. Currently, the holiday right is l... [more]

The Chamber of Labour (AK) wants 6-week holiday rights for all. Currently, the holiday right is limited to 5 weeks. Only workers with at least 25 years of services in a company profit from an additional week. The AK strives for an extension of this right for all workers and is of the opinion that the restriction is unfair for temporary workers, women and EU-workers that are mobile. So far, a national procedure in a case with workers from different member states, often with long careers at home, failed before the regional and the higher court. The organisation has decided to appeal to the Court of Justice of the EU.

German: https://ooe.arbeiterkammer.at/service/presse …

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Trade union GPA concluded a collective agreement for around 15,000 juridical assistants working i... [more]

Trade union GPA concluded a collective agreement for around 15,000 juridical assistants working in the Vienna region. One of the key achievements is the increase of the monthly minimum pay to 1500 euro (as of 1 October 2017). Another improvement is the increase of the apprenticeship remuneration to a monthly 700 euro in the first year. GPA is still fighting for a country-wide collective agreement that would guarantee the achieved minimum wage all over the country.

German: https://www.gpa-djp.at/cms ...

The agreement (in German): http://www.kollektivvertrag.at/kv/rechtsanwalt-angestellte-w-ang

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The partners in collective bargaining in the retail sector agreed on a new pay scheme that starts... [more]

The partners in collective bargaining in the retail sector agreed on a new pay scheme that starts 1 December 2017. Main characteristic is the improvement of pay for newcomers. The minimum monthly wage increases to 1600 euro gross. It took three and a half years to come to an agreement. The old agreement had a long list of occupations, with functions that no longer exist. The partners formulated a scheme of 8 function groups (two categories of basic assistant workers, four categories sales personnel without and with managerial tasks and two categories plant managers and directors), to be implemented until December 2021.

German: http://www.vienna.at/mehr-fuer-einsteiger-weniger-fuer-aeltere …

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The OECD published the results of its survey with thematic chapters on digitalisation and on the ... [more]

The OECD published the results of its survey with thematic chapters on digitalisation and on the inclusive labour market. Employment has expanded, driven by rising participation of women and elderly and by immigration, although hours worked per worker have declined. Nonetheless, like in most OECD countries, productivity has slowed. The country’s transition to a digital economy and society is progressing but is slower than in the most advanced economies. A whole-of-government approach should help embrace change and facilitate the flourishing of innovative businesses, work practices and lifestyles.

English: http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/economics …

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The social partners in construction made a joint effort to lobby in Brussels against wage dumping... [more]

The social partners in construction made a joint effort to lobby in Brussels against wage dumping. Trade union GBH and the employers’ organisation had several talks with representatives from EU institutions. The partners informed the EU representatives about a research outcome, titled ‘Wage and social dumping in construction’, prepared by the Graz University. This study reveals that workers from neighbouring countries can work 30% cheaper, because of the circumvention of social security and other mandatory payments.
German: http://www.oegb-eu.at/servlet
The report (summary in German): http://www.oegb-eu.at/servlet/Blob

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The government asked the social partners to come to an agreement before 30 June 2017 on a 1500-eu... [more]

The government asked the social partners to come to an agreement before 30 June 2017 on a 1500-euro minimum wage and the flexibilization of the working time. The introduction of a mandatory minimum wage at the level of 1500 euro, beginning with the year 2020, was agreed. The idea is to realise this in collective bargaining. Further flexibilization, however, could not be concluded. The employers came with a demand to create a general application of a 12 hours working day. For the workers’ side, this proposal is unacceptable. There can be situations were a long working day is applied, but this has to be compensated by additional holidays or working time reduction.
German: http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/oesterreich/politik

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