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A number of flights was cancelled as a result of a meeting of air control employees. The unions V... [more]

A number of flights was cancelled as a result of a meeting of air control employees. The unions Vida and GPF (Gewerkschaft der Post und Fernmeldebediensteten) are unsatisfied with the offer the employers made. The main issue is about workload and hence recruiting new employees is necessary the unions claim. In the meantime airline companies urge that parties go back to the negotiation table. They and their passengers are the ones who suffer from the conflict involuntarily.

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Some 250 people attended the conference Inklusive Arbeitswelt versus ‘hocknstad und behindert’ – ... [more]

Some 250 people attended the conference Inklusive Arbeitswelt versus ‘hocknstad und behindert’ – Und jetzt, was können wir tun? (Inclusive workplace versus ‘umemployed and disabled’ – and now what can we do about it?). This was the 6th time the unions and Arbeiterkammer (Chamber of labour) invited confidential counsellors for the disabled to discuss recent developments. Dancers, a rapper, a traveller in a wheelchair and more showed their ability to perform despite their disabilities. Discussions and a book presentation showed that workplace inclusion can work and why it is worth the effort.

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In the most recent round of negotiations a new collective agreement for commercial publishing ind... [more]

In the most recent round of negotiations a new collective agreement for commercial publishing industry workers was agreed that includes a pay rise of 2.6% from 1 January 2019 onwards. This means that salaries will increase with at least 50 euros a month, salaries will be rounded up to full euro amounts. Existing overpayments remain upright. The apprenticeship allowances will be raised to 600 euro in the first year of apprenticeship and to 750 euro a month in the second year of apprenticeship.

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Young workers celebrate the halt to neoliberal governmental plans to roll back their labour right... [more]

Young workers celebrate the halt to neoliberal governmental plans to roll back their labour rights. A petition, demonstrations and meetings sufficed to make the government withdraw their plans to the labour rights of young workers. The ÖGJ (Austrian Union Youth) was mainly responsible for the actions to safeguard the obligation of companies with more than five young workers to install a ‘Jugendvertrauensrat’ (a council to defend the rights of young workers).

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The collective bargaining negotiations for the approximately 100,000 employees in the private hea... [more]

The collective bargaining negotiations for the approximately 100,000 employees in the private health and social sector were interrupted without result. Unions GPA-djp and Vida find the offer of employers for a 2.37% wage increase completely inadequate and hold on to their demands for a higher wage increase. The unions GPA-djp and Vida are now calling for action in public spaces in Vienna, Linz and Graz on 29 January 2019 as part of an action day in order to emphasize their demands.

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The distribution of wealth is still very uneven. According to data published by the Austrian Nati... [more]

The distribution of wealth is still very uneven. According to data published by the Austrian National bank the richest 1% of the population owns almost 25% of total wealth. And it is noteworthy that the Super rich Austrians are not included in the data. The poorest 50% of the population on the contrary only owns 3,6%. The results of the research contradict the income-based image of Austria as a society of the middle class.

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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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