Austria -Pole position in the coverage of collective agreements -August 23, 2012

In the Employment Outlook 2012 of the OECD Austria leads the ranking with a collective bargaining coverage rate that is nearly 100%, followed by Belgium, Sweden and Finland.  The report states that thanks to a form of coordination called pattern bargaining the wage negotiations in the exporting sectors have set the rules for the rest of the economy, whilst in several other countries this coordination of collective bargaining was not developed enough for wages to adjust in face of high inflation, external deficits or high unemployment. Although a decline in trade union density was experienced over the period since 1990 the coverage has stabilised, according to the Austrian unions due to innovative bargaining activities in new branches, as for instance the IT-sector, the health sector, call centres and the temporary agency sector.

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