Potential strike action in private health care

Austria

Following the stalemate after a fifth round of collective bargaining in private hospitals, a works council conference held on 2 May has called on the vida trade union to prepare for strike action. Workplace surveys had already indicated that 95% of employees favoured some form of industrial action. The employers have offered an increase of 9.15% but the union argues that its application will still leave private hospitals delivering among the worst levels of pay in terms of average remuneration. Time off arrangements and allowances for night and Sunday work are also significantly worse than in comparable collective agreements and the employers have offered nothing here. Vida says that a qualified nurse in her ninth year of service gets €500 less per month in a private hospital than in a religious hospital.

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