Austria - Equal treatment of blue- and white-collar workers - October 31, 2017

The parliament voted on a reform of the so-called Angestelltengesetz. The reformed act will take away the different treatment of white- and blue-collar workers. This harmonisation is a long-standing demand of the trade union movement. The trade unions’ aim was the introduction of labour relations between an employer and a worker based on unified private law contracts. The ÖGB asked parliament to decide on the proposals for the removal of existing differences before the elections. However, the decision came after. The union criticised the employers’ organisation WKÖ that expressed restraint regarding the necessary harmonisation.

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