Austria -Metal sector employers refuse joint negotiations -July 23, 2013

During the 2012 autumn bargaining round in the metalworking sector efforts were made by the sector’s largest (mandatory) employer organisation and subsector organisation, the Association of Austrian Machinery & Metalware Industries FMMI, to opt out from the communal bargaining process (see the archive for more details). For forty years, a (voluntary) collective bargaining community on the employer side has taken part in the sectoral collective bargaining process, consisting of six different employer organisations, which are all subsector units, including the FMMI. In 2012, the specific subsector employer organisations all conducted separate negotiations and concluded six agreements. In the fore field of this year’s negotiations the FMMI has refused to come to the joint table. According to the unions the FMMI aim is to destroy the collective bargaining system.

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