Vienna – In the tenth round of negotiations for the new Rail collective agreement, employers and the union reached the agreement after 16 hours. The salary of approximately 40,000 employees will increase again from July 1, 2018 to 3.4 percent. This was announced earlier by the employers side (Sunday). Additionally, payments must be paid in advance from 3 October to 3 October.
Employer Chief negotiator Thomas Schaefer said that the minimum wage by 3.4% and the increase in consensus on actual wages is applicable for a term of twelve months. APA, This rate will also increase. The increase in apprenticeship pay is between 4 to 10 percent.
In addition, there was an increase in initial wages for train-specific businesses such as train drivers, shifters, or the wagon masters. Scheiber said this increase will exceed 100 euros. "In the next few years where we are looking for a large number of junior employees, we want to establish ourselves as an attractive employer."
Night work was also an issue during negotiations. "People who work mainly in the night, are rewarded with additional free time and a maximum of seven days a year." In addition, a 38.5-hour week should be possible in the company's contract.
Union: "special effort" was essential
After the negotiation marathon, the union was satisfied with the conclusion. Vooda's chairman Roman Habenstate says, "In these negotiations, a lot of railways employees needed a special effort to achieve the fair share of the financial success of the railways."
The additional fees approved for the actual and how much wage increases and all railway collective agreements were negotiated on 3.4% by July 1, 2018, on some improvements in the framework of the law. In the future, there will be a one-day right of volunteer work with Rail Brigade or Rescue, which is responsible for the release of Railway Workers Union Vida Sunday. Also, since the beginning of 2020, the right to time self-assessed use of compensation has been agreed.
OBB Currently in search of immediate employees. 1,500 Verchechb employees, 1300 train drivers, 850 distributors, 600 train attendants and 230 wagon masters as well as 2300 postbus drivers are required. Courier, Lenner said, "Already works well and closely with AMS." Any rate, strong role as an employer is important. We are always open for better cooperation. "
Chairman of the Vida Railway Department, Gunter Bluethaller said that the introduction of a career in the new collective agreement to fight the shortage of employees of Austrian railway companies has increased the initial salary for railroad-specific occupations by up to 8.5%. According to the union, this year railways cost about 7 million overtime hours. In the Railway companies of Austria, for a total of 1,600 apprentices, the candidate's return on March 1, 2019 will grow at 6.5%.
ÖBB welcomes the contract: Conclusion makes the industry more attractive
The Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) welcomes the agreement between the employers and the trade union. Conclusion The railway industry makes the employment market more attractive, but it can be increased and without warning strikes can be received, "OBB spokesman Robert Lachner said. APA,
Last Monday, there was a two-hour warning strike in Austria, more than 100,000 passengers were affected. There are approximately 60 railway companies in the Austrian railway industry, with 40,000 employees. The largest player in the state is OBB. Other big companies are Graz-Cufflett Bahn and Hans Peterson Hesselsteiner's private private Westben.
Transport Minister Norbert Hofer (FPÖ) was also happy with the positive result of the railway workers' agreement: "I am feeling relieved that the collective agreement has reached this night to increase," Hoffer said in a press release on Sunday. For people working primarily at night, more than 3.4% return on July 1 plus more initial pay and more time returns "is a good result and OBB and all other railway companies in the country continue to create attractive employers."
Hoffer showed how this increase in IS and STs in railway workers was more than ten years old and was slightly lower than Metals. Hoffar said, "Increase in wages shows the appreciation of OBB leadership and other rail companies' pay on the work of railway workers." This was a "very good result for both sides".