Unions secure 9%+ pay increases for Red Cross workers

Austria

The vida and GPA private services unions have negotiated a new collective agreement covering the 7,000 employees in the regional associations of the Austrian Red Cross. All employees in the framework collective agreement will get a 9.15% increase while all employees in the new collective agreement section B and in the province of Vienna will get 9.2%. The increases are backdated to 1 January 2024. The collective agreement ensures that important provisions that previously differed from one province to another have now been successfully harmonised across the country, with a normal working week of 37 hours and at least 26 weekends off a year. In addition, a five-day week applies to everyone, and there is an allowance for short-term replacements. Other improvements include a day off for marriages of various family members and better credit for previous periods of service within the Red Cross.

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