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Austria -Strike threat brings agreement in energy sector -March 01, 2012

Warning strikes across the electric energy sector slated for 15 February brought a national labour agreement to 21,000 workers. In a fourth bargaining round on 12 February the PRO-GE and GPA-djp unions reached a collective agreement. After bargaining failed the two unions had got strike endorsement from the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions (ÖGB) and were to start actions. Minimum wage levels in the utility sector will increase between 4 to 4.2%. Higher-level wages will rise between 3.8 and 4%, and apprentices’ remuneration will increase with 4.2%. The agreement also includes arrangements for the unions and employers to look at age-related issues around pay, shift work and arduous employment as well as analysing gender equality aspects of the collective agreement (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 5 January 2012).

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