Austria - Unions attack regional government over health sector pay - February 14, 2011

The GPA-DJP and VIDA trade unions have criticized the regional government of Salzburg for saying that it will not commit to honouring the private health and social care sector collective agreement (BAGS) in its procurement. The regional authority argues that it does not have to comply with a collective agreement if it was not involved in the negotiations. By contrast the unions argue that the authorities should agree to meet and discuss how to provide sustainable finance for health and social services provision and avoid any measures that could lead to wage dumping (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010 and Year 4 January 2011).


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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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