Union wants to see early negotiations and a pay rise for all public sector workers

Austria Austria

The head of the younion public services union, Christian Meidlinger, representing workers in local and regional authorities, has written to the Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Public Services calling for the annual public sector pay negotiations to start as soon as possible. Noting the good performance of Austrian public services in international comparisons, Meidlinger argues that the work of public service workers should be recognised, particularly where they have managed to maintain services while facing pressure from staffing shortages. He has also underlined the need for a pay rise covering the whole of the public sector. Meidlinger concedes that recent negotiations have allowed for some local variation in pay systems but that it is important that the annual pay negotiations deliver an increase for all public service workers.

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