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Industrial relations in Austria

  • National trade union confederations
    • ÖGB Austrian Trade Union Federation
      (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund)
  • Trade union-related research institute (member of the TURI network):
  • ETUI publications:
    • Book 'Rough waters. European trade unions in a time of crises' - 'From the golden age to the gilded cage? Austrian trade unions, social partnership and the crisis (May 2017)

The state of labour market reforms

  • Background summary (last update September 2016)
    • In recent years, there has been comparatively little movement with regards to large labour market reforms. Several new measures were implemented, most importantly a new income tax model and a law against wage and social dumping of which a revised version is to be implemented in 2017. Compulsory education for all youngsters up to the age of 18 has come into force in August 2016. Read more
  •  ETUI publications related to labour reforms
    •  Working paper 'The crisis and national labour law reforms: a mapping exercise': country report Austria (Jan 2013 - to be updated soon)

The state of pension reforms

Strikes: latest developments and data

  • Background summary (last update September 2016)
    • No clear legal principles are laid down for assessing lawfulness and consequences of industrial disputes, and in particular there is no supreme court case law on the subject. The legitimacy of strikes as a form of industrial action by employees can be derived (not least) from the legal provisions which ensure the impartiality of the state. Nevertheless, this legitimacy applies only to strikes perceived as action taken collectively by the employees' side as such. Read more

Latest EU Commission documents on Austria