20 April 2011
This study sets out to provide the necessary information for establishing and assisting sectoral social dialogue in the education sector. The report has three main parts: a summary of the sector’s economic background; an analysis of the s...
15 December 2010
This study sets out to provide the necessary information for establishing consultation procedures between those involved in the inland water transport sector. The report identifies the employers and trades unions involved and also analyses ...
27 May 2010
This study sets out to provide the necessary information for establishing sectoral social dialogue in the contract catering sector. It first sketches the sector’s economic situation, then analyses the social partner organisations in all 2...
18 April 2010
This study examines the state of play regarding social dialogue in the footwear industry. It first gives a brief outline of the industry’s economic background, then focuses on its social partner organisations in the EU Member States (exce...
07 March 2010
In Austria, most kindergarten and professional childcare facilities for children up to the age of six years are run by the authorities, mainly at provincial (/Land/) or local state level. The employees of these public care institutions are all covered by clear-cut employment regulations, which are unilaterally imposed by law. However, public childcare institutions do not cover the entire childcare sector and do not meet all of the, often particular, needs for professional care. Therefore, the sector also includes a number of private kindergarten and childcare facilities operated by particular organisations, such as clerical institutions or private-law associations and establishments. The private kindergarten sector in Austria is estimated to employ between 5,000 and 6,000 teaching staff, the vast majority of whom (over 99%) are women.
07 March 2010
On 16 November 2009, a new collective agreement covering 170,000 metalworking employees was signed between the Union of Salaried Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten – Druck, Journalismus, Papier, GPA-DJP ), the then Metalworking, Textiles and Food-Processing Union (Gewerkschaft Metall, Textil, Nahrung, GMTN), now Pro-ge , and various branches of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKO ).  http://www.gpa-djp.at/  http://www.proge.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=P01/Page/P01_Index&n=P01_0  http://portal.wko.at/wk/startseite.wk
07 March 2010
On 30 November 2009, the Chamber of Labour of the province of Upper Austria (Arbeiterkammer Oberösterreich, AK OÖ ) and the Austrian Institute for Empirical Social Studies (Institut für Empirische Sozialforschung, IFES ) presented the results of the Austrian Employee Health Monitor (/Arbeitsgesundheitsmonitor/). The AK OÖ and IFES in close cooperation with a private doctors’ association and the Medical University of Graz (Medizinische Universität Graz ) developed the health monitor.  http://www.arbeiterkammer.com/beratung.htm  http://www.ifes.at/  http://www.meduni-graz.at/
04 February 2010
Trade unions in Austria have issued claims that, since the beginning of the current global economic downturn, companies have increasingly made use of so-called suspension arrangements (/Aussetzverträge/). Such arrangements provide for the temporary suspension of employment of individual employees – in such cases, the employer and the employee agree to terminate the employment relationship  and to re-establish it after a certain period of time. In formal terms, these arrangements can only be concluded on a voluntary basis. However, according to the Union of Salaried Employees, Graphical Workers and Journalists (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten – Druck, Journalismus, Papier, GPA-DJP ), employers regularly put pressure on employees to agree to contracts temporarily suspending employment. It is argued that companies may prefer suspension arrangements over other instruments for coping with the consequences of the economic crisis, such as short-time working arrangements. Temporary suspension arrangements tend to be more favourable for the companies both legally and in terms of costs.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/employment-relationship  http://www.gpa-djp.at/
01 December 2009
In the spring of 2008, the then Federal Minister of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Erwin Buchinger, agreed with representatives of all nine Austrian provinces (/Länder/) to introduce a ‘needs-oriented basic cover’ scheme by the summer of 2009. The aim was to replace the different social assistance schemes of each of the nine provinces by a uniform ‘basic cover’ scheme in order to set national minimum standards of assistance and thus prevent destitution among the country’s population. At that time, the proposal stipulated that impoverished people who are willing to work would receive a minimum gross income of €747 a month, which should be payable 14 times a year and revaluated annually (*AT0804019I* ). However, general elections held in September 2008 (which eventually led to a reinstatement of a social-democratic-conservative coalition government), the looming global economic and financial crisis as well as the permanent threat of one province, namely Carinthia, to withdraw from the planned nationwide scheme and to maintain its regional assistance scheme have together almost derailed the entire ‘basic cover’ project.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-to-introduce-basic-social-security-cover-in-2009
19 November 2009
In recent years, the Austrian legislator has endorsed a series of laws seeking to tackle the problem of social security  fraud in companies – particularly in the construction sector. For instance, on 1 March 2005, the Social Fraud Bill (/Sozialbetrugsgesetz/, SozBeG) came into effect, which extended the legal provisions of criminal law concerning organised tax and social fraud (*AT0506201N* ). Moreover, in 2007, a legal obligation was introduced for employers to register their employees with the relevant social insurance institutions before the commencement of work. This legal initiative sought to combat fraudulent practices in companies, whereby employers had failed to register some of their staff in time for the sole purpose of evading taxes and social insurance contributions (*AT0705019I* ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/social-security  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/building-industry-and-social-partners-call-for-stricter-social-fraud-bill  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-agree-on-measures-to-combat-social-security-fraud