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Trade Unions

Austrian Industry Against Short-Time Work

According to IV (Federation of Austrian Industries), short-time work is too expensive.

January 8, 2013

Austria Threatened by Second Recession

The Federation of Austrian Trade Unions (ÖGB) warns of a double-dip scenario. Austrian is heading for another recession, ÖGB says.

December 20, 2012

Slovenia: Citizens Protest Against Austerity Cuts

The austerity policy of the centre-right government faces fierce resistance by the trade union and citizen´s movements.

December 18, 2012

ÖBB to Become Privatized?

In the summer talks of Austria´s public broadcaster ORF, Vice Chancellor commented that the founder of Magna Frank Stronach should acquire ÖBB (Austrian Railways). A highly controversial debate has begun.

September 8, 2012

U.K.: Mayr-Melnhof and Trade Union Settle Dispute

The Austrian manufacturer of packaging products grants a better social package to the former employees of the Liverpool-based factory.

May 29, 2012

AUA: Last Chance

The loss-making Austrian Airlines has only little time left to achieve the turnaround. Lufthansa´s patience is wearing thin.

May 26, 2012

AUA Dispute Brought Before Supreme Court

The Austrian trade union vida intends to prevent the transfer of undertakings. Thus, the dispute will not be settled soon.

May 19, 2012

Sorger Underlines Austrian Crisis Management

The President of the Federation of Austrian Industries Veit Sorger reaffirms the necessity of austerity and investments of the private sector.

May 19, 2012

Mayr-Melnhof: Dispute in the UK Escalates

After the British site of the Austrian packaging company was shut down in February, the British trade union Unite attacks Mayr-Melnhof sharply.

April 23, 2012

AUA Threatened by Strikes

After Austrian Airlines´ supervisory board resolved the transfer of undertakings, the Lufthansa subsidiary may face strikes.

April 21, 2012

AUA: Workforce Wants Unified Collective Agreements

The trade unions, the workforce of AUA and of Tyrolean aim to reach a unified collective agreement for AUA Group. Already tomorrow negotiations may start.

March 27, 2012

Crystallizing Fronts in Austrian Banking Industry

For managers of the Austrian banking industry, the maximum salary increase for its employees is 3.3%. The trade unions call for a 3.8% increase.

March 14, 2012

Banks May Face Strikes

The trade union of bank employees calls for a 4.9% salary increase. Employers reject this claim.

March 6, 2012

AUA: Atmosphere on the Brink

Austrian Airlines is endangered to face persisting disputes. The conflict between the management and the works council sharpened further.

February 17, 2012

Conflict Between AUA´s Management and Staff Escalates

2,300 employees of Austrian Airlines are endangered to be forced to switch to another collective agreement. AUA hopes to reach an agreement.

February 15, 2012

Trade Unions: „Schlecker Austria Depends from Germany“

For the Austrian trade unions, talks with Schlecker Austria´s management are “acceptable”. An all-clear would be difficult.

February 2, 2012

Rise in Unemployment at Construction Industry Expected

Due to the worse economic forecasts, the trade union expects more unemployed persons in the construction industry.

February 1, 2012

AUA: Resistance Forms Up

Austerity plans by Austrian Airline´s new management faces massive resistance. The dispute with employees threatens to escalate.

January 27, 2012

AUA: Staff Threatens With Strike

The German Lufhansa Group plans radical cuts in existing collective agreements. The atmosphere among the workforce is aggressive.

January 21, 2012

Austerity: Unions Versus Industrialists

The Austrian trade unions want to impose property taxes, the Federation of Austrian Industries seeks cuts in spending.

January 21, 2012

Dispute Over Part Time Work

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the trade union disagree over the advantages and disadvantages of part-time work for employees.

January 3, 2012

Retail Trade: Salary Increase of 3.6%

520,000 employees are concerned by the new collective agreement. Additional cost for the companies will amount to approximately € 650m.

November 30, 2011

Unions Put Pressure On Retail Trade

After the third negotiation round has been quitted, the Austrian trade Union starts a series of actions. Strikes are not considered for the time being.

November 19, 2011

Strikes at Post Possible

For the trade union, the staff policy of Austrian Post´s management is “not acceptable”. A deadline for CEO Pölzl is fixed by the trade union.

October 25, 2011

Collective Bargaining Starts in Trade Sector

After the complicated negotiations between employers and the trade union of the Austrian metal industry, the trade sector continues. 520.000 workers are concerned.

October 19, 2011

Solution Found: Wage Increase by 4.2%

After heated debates and strike threats, representatives of the Austrian metal industry and the trade union came to an agreement.

October 18, 2011

Metal Industry: New Bargaining Rounds

The Austrian trade union of metal workers and industry representatives could avert a strike. However, a compromise is still not found.

October 17, 2011

Austrian Metal Industry: Strike Threatens

After a warning strike on Friday, representatives of the metal industry and the trade union still reached no agreement. Now, a full strike threatens.

October 15, 2011

Bargaining Suspended – Metal Workers Take Industrial Action

Employees of more than 140 Austrian companies went on strike after negotiators had failed to agree on wage increases.

October 13, 2011

Metal Workers Start Autumn Bargaining Round

Salaries of 190,000 employees in the metal industry will be negotiated. Trade unions demand substantial increases.

September 22, 2011

Austrian Competitiveness Shrinks Further

According to a market survey of the consulting group Ernst & Young, Austria´s international competitiveness has still worsened and fell from rank 18 to 19.

September 7, 2011

Unions Call for Massive Wage Increase

Austrian unionists demand a substantial premium above the inflation rate. They argue that employees should benefit from the strong economic development.

August 19, 2011

Retail Sector: New Discussion about Sunday Opening

The current dispute is about the right to open shops on certain lucrative Sundays. The operator of a shopping center has brought in an action at the Constitutional Court.

June 20, 2011

Greenpeace, vida and EVN: "Austria's Future in Energy is Renewable"

The switch to clean energy is possible by 2050, according to a current IHS study. It is to be achieved by halving the demand for energy.

April 30, 2011

Tough Collective Bargaining in the Electrical Industry

The second round of collective bargaining in Austria's electrical industry had to be interrupted. About 50,000 workers are affected.

April 6, 2011

Austrian Trade Union Continues to Lose Members

The Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) registered a loss of 11,000 members last year. The decline showed a slight reduction.

April 6, 2011

Manufacturing Industry on Pensions: Structural Reform has to be Adressed Urgently

Manufacturing industry representatives were surprised at ÖGB statements. Instead of early retirements, more funds should be freed for future investments.

March 26, 2011

Collective Contracts: Wage Increase of 2.95% for 130,000 Construction Workers

In the current collective negotiation rounds, the construction union managed to get the so far highest wage increase. The paper-manufacturing industry agreed on an increase of 2.4%.

March 24, 2011 · Updated: March 24, 2011; 00:31

Manufacturing Industry Sharply Criticizes the Union

Employees' proposals are not very productive, the Austrian Industrial Association says. There is no shift from wages toward corporate profits.

March 22, 2011

Tough Negotiations Epected in Austria's Electrical Industry

Collective agreement negotiations for about 50,000 workers in the electrical industry start today.

March 18, 2011

Vienna Reacts to Predicted Housing Shortage

Union and construction industry welcome the "housing offensive" of the city government.

March 17, 2011

Bank Employees’ Salaries Increase at an Average of 2.3%

The union is satisfied with the salary increase of collective agreements for bank employees.

March 15, 2011

Banks: No Agreement on Salary Negotiations

No agreement has been reached either in the fourth round of collective negotiations for bank employees. The situation is worsening.

March 9, 2011

Hardly any Effects Expected by Labor Market Opening

As of May 1, 2011, the citizens of the countries which joined the EU in 2004 will be able to work in Austria without any restrictions. The effects should be kept within certain limits.

March 4, 2011

"Feibra" to Function as Discount Post

The Austrian Post is expanding its subsidiary Feibra. Letters are also to be sent in future.

February 5, 2011

Demand for Elimination of the ÖIAG

IAs part of the succession process for the CEO position at the Austrian industrial holding (ÖIAG) political representatives are increasingly imposing conditions.

January 27, 2011

Federation of Trade Unions Calls for "Tax Justice"

A new debate is sparking off in Austria, and possibly also a tax reform. The Gewerkschaftsbund (ÖGB, Federation of Trade Unions) wants workers to be tax-unburdened.

January 18, 2011

Austrian Airlines: Negotiations Finished

The management of the Austrian Airlines and worker representatives agreed to increase salaries slightly in 2011. Thus, strikes will not take place.

January 7, 2011

AUA Staff Ready to go on Strike

The results of the polls are for starting the strike at Austrian Airlines. Should the negotiations fail, the staff is ready to go on strike.

January 5, 2011

AUA: For now, Negotiations Instead of Strikes

At the end of the year, there were still signs of strike for the staff of Austrian Airlines. Now the situation seems to calm down.

January 4, 2011