Austria - Union targets Euro 7.50 minimum wage - November 25, 2010

The chairman of the vida services union, Rudolf Kaske, has said that the union is aiming for a minimum wage of at least € 7.50 an hour (€ 1,300 a month for a 40-hour week) across its agreements. This would be achieved, for example, in the cleaning sector from 1 January 2011 where there will be a monthly minimum of € 1,302. Kaske added that the very high level of collective bargaining coverage in Austria meant that unions were not in favour of a legal minimum wage although they had to address those sectors where there was no coverage by collective agreements.


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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2010.

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