Austria - Union considers holidays of six weeks - May 24, 2011

On 24 May, the Board of the GPA-DJP private service workers’ and journalists’ union has agreed a resolution on shortening working hours, aiming at more prominence of union demands in this direction. The resolution demands shortening the legal working week to 38.5 hours, with further steps to bring the normal working week to 35 hours. The union also has started up a debate, including an on-line poll, on expanding yearly holidays from five to six weeks. GPA-DJP argues that currently mainly workers with very long tenure are entitled to six weeks of holidays, but that such tenures growingly become rare. The union has declared 6-10 June the Action Week ‘More Holidays for Everybody’.

English: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA ... 

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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