In this context, industrial action has started to emerge in the public sector
in early summer 2002. The employees of the state-owned post-bus company,
Postbus AG, held a one-day national strike in May in protest at the split and
partial privatisation of the company (AT0206202N ), and planned further
action at the end of June. Furthermore, some other parts of the public
service may also face labour disputes. The central board (Zentralvorstand) of
the Union of Public Employees (Gewerkschaft Öffentlicher Dienst, GÖD) has
empowered its leadership to call industrial action, if necessary.
For some time, the current coalition government of the conservative People's
Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP) and the populist Freedom Party
(Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) has been considering selling off
the national post-bus company (Postbus AG), Austria's largest bus operator,
which runs a large proportion of regional bus services.