Austria - Legal backing for minimum wages in collective agreements - April 6, 2011

By 1 May, new legislation comes into effect that will impose tougher sanctions on employers who fail to pay the minimum wage that has been negotiated in their sector. Restrictions on migration to Austria (and Germany) from the EU Member States in central and Eastern Europe end by then and the ÖGB trade union confederation argued for the new law on minimum wages to ensure that neither domestic nor foreign employers could exploit the opening of the labour market to avoid paying collectively agreed minimum wage rates.


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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 2011.

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