Austria -Private health sector with new agreements after long battle -March 01, 2012

The vida and GPA-djp service trade unions have reached  three agreements in the private health care sector. This concerns the BAGS-KV agreement, covering around 90,000 workers for one year starting 1 February 2012, and the agreement covering 12,000 workers employed by the Caritas social welfare organisation. Wages in both agreements will increase by 3.4%. The increase in the third agreement, for the 6,000 employees of the Vienna Red Cross, is slightly lower at 3.3%. In all three cases changes to the treatment of parental and other leave will mean protect pay and will benefit women workers in particular. The unions had organised a variety of actions to support the negotiators, including a day of action on 1 February, mobilising over 6,000 protesters in four cities (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 December 2011 and Year 5 January 2012).


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