In addition to the metalworkers, negotiations on new collective agreements are also very difficult in the retail sector. This affects around 430,000 employees and apprentices nationwide. In Salzburg, too, trade unionists are still willing to talk to business representatives, but also to fight.
The union would like the employees to be valued “that is also expressed in numbers”. In the trade, they demand a decent increase in salaries. In addition, overtime and night work must be paid better. The conclusion must be well above the inflation rate of 2.1 percent, i.e. the branch unions of the ÖGB. The previous offer from employers is inadequate.
ÖGB demands “decent result”
On Friday the negotiations were broken off after 13 hours. Michael Hofer is spokesman for the union of private employees in Salzburg: “We know that many trading companies have new profits in the millions. And there are high distributions to the owners. Therefore the workers are not allowed to be fobbed off with alms. There has to be a decent result. “
Employer: “CoV crisis extremely burdened”
Employers emphasize that the CoV crisis is far from over. Many companies are also extremely economically burdened by the lockdowns and current developments that are politically dictated.
First meetings will take place next week in selected companies in Salzburg. Works councils and the union want to inform the workforce about how to proceed.