Public sector unions highlight work pressure and precarious conditions

Austria

The GÖD and younion public sector unions have been involved in the second round of bargaining over pay with the aim, as usual, to ensure that all public sector workers get a pay increase from 1 January. Alongside the surge in the cost of living the trade unions are underlining the increased burdens taken on by many workers, often as a result of staff shortages, as strong justification for a sustainable salary increase. The unions’ demands have been supported with a letter to the government negotiator from the head of the ÖGB trade union confederation. This highlights the massive contribution made by public service workers during the pandemic and its aftermath, the additional workload generated by the war in Ukraine and resulting surge in refugees and the impending impact of the surge in retirements across the public services.

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