Austria - Hefty debate on working time - June 30, 2017

The government asked the social partners to come to an agreement before 30 June 2017 on a 1500-euro minimum wage and the flexibilization of the working time. The introduction of a mandatory minimum wage at the level of 1500 euro, beginning with the year 2020, was agreed. The idea is to realise this in collective bargaining. Further flexibilization, however, could not be concluded. The employers came with a demand to create a general application of a 12 hours working day. For the workers’ side, this proposal is unacceptable. There can be situations were a long working day is applied, but this has to be compensated by additional holidays or working time reduction.

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