18 augusti 2009
From 30 June to 2 July 2009, the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB ) held its 17th general congress (/Bundeskongress/) – the ÖGB’s highest governing body – in Austria’s capital city Vienna. At this event, the federation adopted the continuation of an internal restructuring  process launched at the last congress in 2007. Restructuring had become necessary in the wake of the conflict related to the financial disaster concerning the Bank for Employment and Commerce (Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft AG, BAWAG ) and the former ÖGB leadership’s involvement in this controversy (*AT0703039I* ).  http://www.oegb.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=OEGBZ/Page/OEGBZ_Index&n=OEGBZ_0  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/restructuring  http://www.bawagpsk.com/bawag/home/nav.html  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/union-seeks-greater-autonomy-from-confederation
29 juli 2009
This report sets out to provide the necessary information for establishing sectoral social dialogue in the tanning and leather sector. The report first identifies the relevant national organisations on both sides of industry and then goes o...
27 juli 2009
With some delay, compared to most other highly industrialised European countries, the global recession has also spread to Austria since the beginning of 2009. According to the country’s most recognised research institutes in economics, Austria’s economic slowdown is expected to fall between minus 2.2% and minus 2.7% in 2009, and the year’s overall inflation rate is estimated to be between 0.6% and 0.9%. The business segment most affected by the current crisis is the exposed industry sector.
20 juli 2009
During the spring of 2009, the five-yearly round of elections of representatives on the governing bodies of the Chambers of Labour (Arbeiterkammern, AK ) took place. The structure and function of the AK as well as the election results are briefly outlined below.  http://www.arbeiterkammer.at/beratung.htm
14 juni 2009
Against the background of the current global economic recession, which has also substantially hit Austria, many companies facing financial difficulties have initiated restructuring  measures. As a consequence, a still growing number of businesses have closed or reduced their scale of operations, resulting in numerous job losses. According to the most recent data provided by the Labour Market Service (Arbeitsmarktservice, AMS ), in April 2009 the overall unemployment rate increased by 1.4 percentage points compared with the previous year (according to the national mode of count).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/restructuring  http://www.ams.or.at/
31 maj 2009
On 3 March 2009, a few days ahead of the International Women’s Day celebrated annually on 8 March, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimír Špidla, presented, at a kick-off event in Brussels, a new EU information campaign labelled Close the gender pay gap . In this context, the most recent gender pay  gap data for each EU country were released, indicating an estimated gap in earnings of 25.5% for Austria in 2007. This is the second highest value of all EU Member States, which is only outweighed by Estonia with an approximate 30% pay gap, while the EU average is estimated at 17.4%.  http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=681&langId=en  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/pay
28 maj 2009
This report sets out to provide the necessary information for establishing sectoral social dialogue in the personal services sector. The report falls into three main parts: a brief summary of the sector’s economic background; an analysis ...
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 februari 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