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Trade unions brought together over 4000 protestors outside the headquarter of Vienna health insur... [more]

Trade unions brought together over 4000 protestors outside the headquarter of Vienna health insurance to protest new social insurance legislation. The Private Employees' Union (GPA) fears worse benefits for patients and increased work pressure on its employees due to the reform. Furthermore they state that the new legislation creates a three-class social insurance system that only benefits privately insured people and private insurance companies. The unions came with a united message to the government: they are prepared to fight for their healthcare system. More than 60 % of Austrians are reported to be against the social security reforms.

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Collective bargaining negotiations for the more than 110.000 workers and the approximately 17.000... [more]

Collective bargaining negotiations for the more than 110.000 workers and the approximately 17.000 metalworking apprentices ended with a successful agreement that will be valid for twelve months. Workers in the industry won a 3.3% wage increase and the apprentice compensation is going up with 7.2%. Another point of negotiations was 12-hour working day that was recently introduced by the government. In the new collective agreement an additional break of 10 minutes was agreed for working of more than ten hours. From the third hour of a working day, a 75% surcharge will be paid until 7 pm, from 7 pm on, a 100% surcharge will apply. The night work allowance is raised in four annual stages of around 7% to 2.53 euro.

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Trade union Vinda launched a two-hour warning strike as last-minute pay negotiations failed. The ... [more]

Trade union Vinda launched a two-hour warning strike as last-minute pay negotiations failed. The strike is believed to have affected 100 000 passengers. After the strike both parties continue to negotiate. The union has expressed the hope to reach an agreement which is believed likely to happen as they have put a lot of pressure on the negotiations with their warning strike. Besides a pay rise unions want the railway workers to have the right to one day special leave for voluntary work, an additional anniversary bonus after 15 years of service and a four-day workweek as a compensation for the twelve-hour working day.

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Negotiations between unions and employers in the metal industry (see our September and October ne... [more]

Negotiations between unions and employers in the metal industry (see our September and October newsletter) still seem to remain deadlocked. While unions demand a 5% pay increase, employers only want to pay 2%. Steelmaker Voestalpine is hit by a strike and according to the trade unions other sites are also to be affected by industrial action. Further negotiation rounds are not yet scheduled.

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Brewery workers are negotiating new collective agreement, that covers around 3500 workers in the ... [more]

Brewery workers are negotiating new collective agreement, that covers around 3500 workers in the industry, and demand a 4% pay increase, paid breaks on working days with more than 10 hours and extra pay when working 11 or 12 hours a day. The fourth round of negotiations remained fruitless with breweries only offering 1% more wage and salary. Unions are now threatening with industrial actions that might lead to beer shortages in the country.

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Negotiations between unions and employers in the metal industry (see our September newsletter) se... [more]

Negotiations between unions and employers in the metal industry (see our September newsletter) seem to be deadlocked. Unions are now preparing for industrial action. While unions demand a 5% pay increase, employers only want to pay 2%. While employers state that they regret that the negotiations were broken off the unions are preparing for strike actions to put some pressure behind their demands. The workers council will now decide on the further course of action.

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According to the chair of the building and woodworkers union GBH, the planned reform of the socia... [more]

According to the chair of the building and woodworkers union GBH, the planned reform of the social security, will lead to a decrease of the control on compliance and regularity in the sector. Especially in the construction sector, it is of the utmost importance that there is a decent control, for instance, whether someone is genuinely self-employed. The reform is an open invitation to circumvent regulatory.

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The metalworkers unions started negotiations on a new collective agreement demanding a 5% pay inc... [more]

The metalworkers unions started negotiations on a new collective agreement demanding a 5% pay increase, or at least 100 euro a month more in wages. On 20 September, they handed over their demands that are based on the steady growth of productivity and other very positive results in recent years. Another point of concern is the much criticized 12-hour working that was introduced by the government. The metalworkers unions want to make sure that workers cannot be forced to work twelve-hour a day, so they demand higher overtime pay than before and a 100% bonus if metalworkers have to work for more than 10 hours a day.

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Trade union GPA-djp and PRO-GE have fixed their planning for this autumn’s collective bargaining ... [more]

Trade union GPA-djp and PRO-GE have fixed their planning for this autumn’s collective bargaining in the metal sector. It is expected that the talks will start in the second half of September. The unions intend to work towards an industry-wide agreement, although the negotiations start at sub sectoral level. The basic demands are the respect for workers’ rights, improvement of pay and the reduction of the working time. The current monthly minimum wage in the sector stands at 1,848 euro.

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Notwithstanding massive protests the government adopted an act that leads to a higher maximum of ... [more]

Notwithstanding massive protests the government adopted an act that leads to a higher maximum of the weekly working time (to 60 hours). The Chamber of Labour published in its journal Wirtschaftspolitik-Standpunkte a fact check and the results of a survey on this theme. The interviewed works councils identified the creeping increase in working pressure and the increasing density of work as central problems at the workplace (48% are not satisfied or not at all satisfied). More than half of the surveyed works councils (52%) even stated that the pressure of work and the amount of work has increased in the last 12 months. And almost a fifth of those surveyed (19%) find that the health situation of workers has deteriorated. On the other hand, the respondents see no need at all for the announced working time flexibilization.

The journal: in German

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