The working day will increase, but wages will remain the same
The Austrian government allowed employers to extend the working day to 12 hours without raising wages.
It is noted that the changes adopted in spite of the mass protests that took place last week in Vienna. They were supported by members of the Austrian people’s party Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, right-wing populists from the freedom Party and the liberals from the opposition Neos.
The new law will come into force on 1 September, although it was planned that it will only apply from 1 January 2019.
Previously, the law allowed no more than 10 working hours per day or 50 hours per week now allowed 12 hours a day and 60 hours per week.
Overtime will be paid, as before, 50 percent above the standard rate, or they will be provided free time.
However, the workers will allow you to refuse to work more than 10 hours a day without giving reasons. However, trade unions point out that in Austria there is no mechanism of protection against dismissal in case of persistent refusal to work overtime. That is, theoretically, an employee can be fired without explanation.
The governing parties argue that the new law will not change anything for most workers. In addition, according to them, executives cannot make decisions behind the workers about how much they should work.
The opposition believes that the ruling parties act in the interests of businessmen who are not happy to pay more overtime.
Recall, as passed Politeka, this summer Ukrainian tourists constantly experiencing problems in foreign airports. This time Ukrainians became hostages of circumstances in Austria. About this on his page in Facebook said Alexei Yakubina, who was one of the victims of this situation.
He reported that the airport is stuck tourists from different countries, including citizens of Ukraine.
“Canceled several flights Austrian Airlines from Vienna. Kind of like the storm/cyclone. Including to Kiev. Airport hotels are overflowing. International company sleep right at the airport,” wrote Yakubina, laying out photos from the adventure tourists.
Trayan Markevich has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Quebec Times, Trayan Markevich worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.