Austria - Unions call for real pay increase health and social workers - November 16, 2009

Negotiations are underway between the GPA-DJP and vida trade unions and the BAGS employers' organization over a new agreement covering 75,000 workers in private health and social care services. The unions argue that it is vital to maintain increases in earnings for this group of workers particularly as the majority are women and their aim is to obtain a minimum amount of increase in Euros as well as an overall percentage rise. Vida is also in the middle of negotiations covering the 15,000 employees in private health institutions. The union is again looking for a real increase in pay along with proper compensation for changes to working hours as the employers have been demanding greater flexibility from workers without compensating them properly for changes to their rosters.



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