Austria -Difficult negotiations in health and social services -January 25, 2012

The vida and GPA-DJP vida trade unions face challenging negotiations with private and non-profit employers in health and social services. In the main private health agreement, BAGS-KV covering around 90,000 workers, the employers have offered between 2.95% and 3.05% while inflation is at 3.2%. There was also a disappointing offer, ranging from 1.89% to 2.5% from the private hospital employers where the agreement covers some 15,000 workers. Finally, in the non-profit sector the Caritas organisation, employing over 12,000 workers, has also made an offer that is below the rate of inflation. The unions are mobilising members and organising works council meetings in the lead up to the next round of negotiations (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 December 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) or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2012.

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