27 June 2013
The Austrian Government  has brought in new legislation to introduce two new further education and training measures. The qualified employees’ grant (Fachkräftestipendium) and educational part-time work measure (Bildungsteilzeit ) come into force on 1 July 2013. The idea is to reduce the numbers of unskilled employees, especially in areas where there is a labour shortage.  http://www.bka.gv.at/site/3327/Default.aspx  https://www.help.gv.at/Portal.Node/hlpd/public/module?gentics.am=Content&p.contentid=10007.76595
07 April 2013
After several rounds of tough negotiations and protest actions, a new collective agreement was reached for the 120,000 employees in Austria’s social and health service sector. The resulting wage increase of 2.7% could be regarded as relatively low compared to other sectors.
12 March 2013
Austria’s federal Minister for Economy, Family and Youth, Reinhold Mitterlehner, has sparked a fresh debate on working time flexibility. In a recent interview, he demanded more flexible working hours and an extension of the reference period for the averaging of working time to two years.
24 July 2012
Peter Haubner, General Secretary of the Austrian Business Alliance (ÖWB ) which is affiliated to the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP ), has said that the first day of sick leave should not be paid by employers. His proposal was put forward after the publication of data showing that while total sick leave figures had decreased over the past few years, short-term sickness (of one to three days) had increased.  http://www.wirtschaftsbund.at/  http://www.oevp.at/
19 July 2012
Austria appears to have coped well after opening its labour market to workers from eight new central and eastern European Member States on 1 May 2011, according to data from the Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ ).  http://www.wko.at/
24 June 2012
Austrian Airlines  declared a record operating loss of €67 million in the first quarter of 2012, following a €60 million loss in 2011. The management of the Lufthansa  subsidiary announced an austerity package to save €263 million, €45 million of which was to come from cuts in personnel costs. The airline has 6,000 employees, 2,300 of whom are flight crew. Even though the airline has cut 1,500 jobs since 2009, annual staff costs have not fallen from their 2009 level of €438 million a year, largely due to wage increases.  http://www.austrian.com/  http://www.lufthansa.com
02 May 2012
The 2011 autumn collective bargaining round in the retail sector brought about significant improvements for employees, the majority of whom are women.
22 January 2012
Collective bargaining in the metalworking sector got off to a bad start when the demands of both sides were made public. This action was highly unusual, as demands are normally kept secret and exchanged only at the first meeting of the negotiations. However, in the weeks before the meeting the employers’ side had stated that they would offer a wage increase roughly compensating for the inflation rate. After the first, unsuccessful bargaining round, union representatives held a press conference announcing their aim of securing a 5.5% pay rise. This was seen by some experts as being highly ambitious.
21 December 2011
The 2011 annual meeting of the Austrian social partners, held in the spa town of Bad Ischl, was dedicated to consideration of ‘The effect of demographic developments on the labour market and the social security system’. At the meeting, the heads of the major social partner organisations discussed a set of measures to increase Austria’s average actual retirement age.
11 October 2011
Just before the onset of the annual autumn bargaining round, Austria’s largest trade union, the Union of Salaried Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists (GPA-djp ), which represents mainly private-sector white-collar workers, came forward with a proposal to conduct additional wage bargaining rounds specifically for female employees, in order to narrow the gender pay gap. The union’s Chair Wolfgang Katzian suggested this should be done regularly, perhaps three times in every ten-year period.  http://www.gpa-djp.at