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.[close]
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.[close]
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.[close]
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.[close]
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.[close]
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.[close]
Collective bargaining for workers in the small transport and delivery industry was completed successfully, resulting in higher wages. As part of the minimum wage agreement reached in 2017, workers in the carrying industry will see their incomes increase from 3% for the higher incomes to as much as 5% for the lower incomes. The wage increases apply with retroactive effect from 1 January 2018 with a term of 12 months. Next target of trade union Vida is a collective agreement covering the entire bicycle delivery industry.
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Trade unions vida announced that a collective agreement is within reach at Eurowings Europe. The union expects to conclude the agreement early February. It would bring better pay and an improvement of the working conditions. The union also thinks that the result will be important for workers that are coming over from the insolvent NIKI company. In a press statement, the union’s negotiator said that the main aim for the future is a national sectoral collective agreement for all workers that work as crew members in the country.
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Whilst the system of unemployment benefits and other social security provisions could come under pressure, due to governmental plans, the Arbeiterkammer (AK) gave the floor to Professor Mossialos, London School of Economics, who emphasised the many strengths of the country’s social security system that is characterised by the high level of satisfaction and the lowest levels of unmet need worldwide.[close]
The incoming conservative/populist coalition has launched plans to increase the daily working time from 10 to 12 hours and the maximum working week from 50 to 60 hours. Flexibilization of labour law will see workers be able to work up to 12 hours a day in what the parties say is a ‘win-win’ for employees and employers. The trade unions have criticised the government’s commitment to relaxing restrictions around working hours. Trade union confederation ÖGB stresses that the current restrictions of the working day are meant to protect workers for too long working hours. The union refers to research that assessed recovery from two consecutive 12-hours day shifts. It provides evidence of the negative effects of working too long.[close]