Peter Eder was elected ÖGB state chairman for Salzburg for another term. The ÖGB state conference took place on Friday under the motto “A good life for all Salzburg residents”.
SALZBURG. At the ÖGB state conference on Friday, the previous chairman, Peter Eder, was confirmed with 96.95 percent of the votes. In his review of the last five years of his tenure, Eder took stock and gave examples of “how in recent years there have been repeated attempts to destroy important achievements of the workers’ movement,” he says.
“That’s why we need a strong ÖGB”
Eder cites as examples how the black-blue government at the time tried to abolish the youth council, how the labor law reform made it possible to work up to twelve hours a day and 60 hours a week; The reduction in AUVA contributions and the restructuring of social security with the “patient billion” were also addressed.
“Unions are ignored and passed over”
“These are just four examples of how attempts have repeatedly been made in recent years to destroy important achievements of the workers’ movement. At the same time, the good tradition of social partnership was thrown overboard, the unions were rejected and ignored,” says Eder.
Democracy and justice require strong works councils, militant trade unions and a strong ÖGB, said the state chairman in his speech.
9 out of 10 Salzburgers feel the price explosion
At the ÖGB state conference, Eder also ticked the box on the current top topic of inflation: “Inflation is an existential threat for households at risk of poverty. According to a current IFES survey, 9 out of 10 Salzburg residents are already feeling the price explosion: 20 percent fear that everyday life in autumn can no longer afford it,” says Peter Eder.
For the state chairman, the measures that have been taken so far are too few and not accurate. “We have put simple suggestions on the table that can be implemented quickly. But the alleged solutions that the government has presented so far have fizzled out like a drop in the bucket.”
The ÖGB demands specifically:
- Energy price cap for all heating systems
- Temporary abolition of VAT on groceries
“The financing of these measures can be guaranteed by an excess profit tax and the introduction of wealth taxes.”
Peter Eder, ÖGB state chairman
- Anti-cost-of-living commission for all areas
- Raising and adjusting minimum income, minimum pensions, the net replacement rate for unemployment benefits and the family allowance
- Inflation adjustment of pensions and nursing allowance
Eder is also committed to the minimum wage of 2,000 euros.
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