13 April 2009
In July 2007, the then presidents of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB ) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKO ) signed a so-called ‘agreement in principle’. Accordingly, a nationwide minimum monthly gross wage rate of €1,000 for full-time employment was to be introduced by 1 January 2009 at the latest. The explicit aim of this initiative was to urge the responsible bargaining units at sectoral and branch level to secure such minimum pay standards across all sectors of the national economy for all pay grades through sector or branch-level collective agreements.  http://www.oegb.at/  http://portal.wko.at/wk/startseite.wk
01 April 2009
On 22 January 2009, the respective federal executive boards (/Bundesvorstände/) of the Metalworking, Textiles, Agriculture and Food-processing Union (Gewerkschaft Metall- Textil-Nahrung, GMTN ) and the Union of Chemical Workers (Gewerkschaft der Chemiearbeiter, GdC ) announced their decision to merge the two organisations. In formal terms, the merger process is scheduled for 25–27 November 2009, when the two trade unions will hold their last separate congresses (/Gewerkschaftstage/) and subsequently the first joint congress. They will formally finalise the establishment of the new trade union organisation at this joint congress. The new union will be called the Production Trade Union (Produktionsgewerkschaft, pro.ge).  http://www.gmtn.at  http://www1.oegb.or.at/chemie/
22 February 2009
Only a year after the last amendment to the childcare benefit scheme (/Kinderbetreuungsgeld/), which came into effect on 1 January 2008, the newly formed coalition government of the Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs, SPÖ ) and the conservative People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP ) agreed to modify the scheme again. The aim is to render the scheme more attractive to men and women with a higher income, in that financial compensation for taking parental leave  should be increased in exchange for a shorter period of leave. More precisely, the current flat-rate scheme is planned to be extended by an income-related option.  http://www.spoe.at/  http://www.oevp.at/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/parental-leave
13 January 2009
In early November 2008, major restructuring  plans affecting the Austrian Post Company (Österreichische Post AG ) were revealed by the media. According to an ‘internal strategy paper’ drawn up by the Austrian Post Company management and leaked to the media, the company’s current workforce of 24,000 employees is to be cut by 9,000 workers and the number of post offices is to be reduced from more than 1,300 at present to only 300 by 2015. This extensive restructuring programme was – after harsh trade union protests – withdrawn from the agenda of a supervisory board meeting held on 12 November 2008 and thus not decided upon at this event. However, management subsequently confirmed that substantial restructuring measures would be inevitable in the medium term to secure the whole company.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/restructuring  http://www.post.at/index.htm
07 December 2008
This report examines the operations of social partner organisations and collective bargaining in the railways sector. The first part, focusing on rail operations, was carried out in 2006, while the second part, on rail infrastructure, was c...
23 November 2008
On 26 September 2008, the trendsetting metalworking industry opened Austria’s autumn bargaining round, when the employee representatives formally handed over their joint list of demands to the employer side. This list mainly includes pay-related demands, particularly increases in minimum and real wages and salaries, plus equivalent increases in additional payments and apprentices’ remuneration. However, in terms of pay increases, the trade unions did not determine any specific percentages.
23 November 2008
In September 2008, a long-standing debate about the finances of the nine Chambers of Labour (Arbeiterkammern, AK ) in the nine provinces (/Länder/) of the country was fuelled again by the populist Alliance for the Future of Austria (Bündnis Zukunft Österreich, BZÖ ) – a newly-founded party represented in parliament as a result of a split-off from the populist Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ ) in 2005 (*AT0512203F* ). Only about two weeks before the general elections on 28 September 2008, BZÖ presented a proposal aiming to reduce the so-called ‘Chamber of Labour levy’ (/Arbeiterkammerumlage/) for low-income earners – an issue that has been deemed popular by the party, particularly among low-skilled and poorly paid employees. The party argued that such a reduction would not only increase the wages and salaries of the most vulnerable employee groups, but would also help to lower non-wage labour costs  in general.  http://www.arbeiterkammer.at/www-18.html  http://www.bzoe.at/  http://www.fpoe.at/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-plans-to-abolish-permanent-tenure-for-civil-servants  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/labour-costs
06 October 2008
On 6 July 2008, the coalition government of the Austrian Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs, SPÖ ) and the conservative Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP ) abandoned a comprehensive reform of Austria’s health service system, which was due to be presented to the parliament later in the month. The reform aimed to secure the future of the national health service, which is currently in deficit. The draft reform was largely drawn up by the social partners on behalf of the government. The joint social partner draft had been adopted – in a slightly amended version – by the government cabinet on 4 June 2008. The Austrian Chamber of Doctors (Österreichische Ärztekammer, ÖÄK ), fearing substantial disadvantages for doctors bound by a service contract with a health insurance agency (/Krankenkasse/), strongly opposed these reform plans, together with many members of parliament from both governing parties. However, the health service reform eventually collapsed after coalition representatives failed to agree on the overseeing powers of a new health regulatory body.  http://www.spoe.at/  http://www.oevp.at/index.aspx?pageid=30183  http://www.aerztekammer.at/
04 September 2008
This study sets out to provide the necessary information for establishing sectoral social dialogue in the sea and coastal water transport sector. First, the report identifies the relevant national organisations on both sides of industry. Se...
19 August 2008
Telecommunications services were, along with postal services, long organised as a state monopoly in Austria. In 1996, this monopoly – namely, the state-owned Austrian Postal Authorities (Österreichische Post- und Telegraphenverwaltung, ÖPTV) – was transformed into an enterprise based on private company law, Post und Telekom Austria AG (PTA) (*AT0203202F* ). Since then, new employees have been recruited exclusively as employees under private law; however, all of the public employees of the former authority were transferred to PTA.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/industrial-relations-in-posts-and-telecommunications-examined