27 May 2001
In August 2000, the new political leadership of the Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreichs, WKÖ) presented an initiative for substantial reform of the Chamber - Austria's main employers' organisation, with membership compulsory for companies (AT0009230F ). The key goal of the initiative has been to reduce membership dues by about 30%. Such significant reductions presuppose sustainable efforts to economise on resources, which in turn require thoroughgoing restructuring. After continued internal debates on the concrete means to implement this ambitious programme, the WKÖ's leadership reached an agreement which was formally ratified by a special assembly on 27 April 2001.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/chamber-of-the-economy-presents-reform-plans
27 May 2001
Understood in the broad sense (ie agriculture, hunting, forestry, and fishing), the agricultural sector had 45,191 employees in 1999, which represented about 1.6% of Austria's total number of employees. The sector's employment structure is characterised by: an above-average share of blue-collar workers (80% compared with 48% for the whole Austrian economy), a below-average share of female employment (34%, compared with 45% for the whole economy); and a notable proportion of seasonal labour (47% of the sector's employees).
27 April 2001
At present, the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB) has 13 member unions. This includes eight sector-based unions which organise the manual workers within their sectoral domain, these being:
27 March 2001
On 17 January 2001, the bargaining parties in banking signed a new collective agreement on pay. Unlike some other European countries, collective bargaining in the Austrian banking sector takes place exclusively at the industry level, with no single-employer settlements. The negotiations over the 2001 deal occurred in a context of an outstandingly good financial situation in the sector, and three rounds of bargaining were needed to find a compromise.
27 December 1999
In autumn and winter 1999, collective bargaining has been underway for a significant proportion of the Austrian labour force, with important agreements being negotiated in sectors such as metalworking (AT9911203N ) and commerce (AT9912206N ). We take this opportunity to review the Austrian system of collective bargaining.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/autumn-bargaining-round-underway  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/bargaining-round-in-commerce-concluded