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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-18/1396 – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 May 2020 – 31 October 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||04 November 2020 (updated 04 May 2021)|
As in many European countries, during the first lockdown in Austria in spring 2020, employers and employees were asked by the federal government to resort to home office if and where possible, in order to keep physical contacts at a minimum. While this was feasible for many office workers, this was far less possible for industrial workers who had to continue to go to their work places, putting them at a higher risk of catching COVID-19.
In order to compensate for their increased burden and outstanding commitment during those times, in many industrial sectors, a Corona-bonus of €150 was negotiated in this spring's annual collective bargaining rounds, e.g. in the electrical and electronics industry, in the chemical industry, and in the shoe and textile industries:
Most of the collective agreements foresee the payment of the Corona-bonus by the end of September 2020 (the wood processing industry by 31 October 2020).
Around 120,000 employees work in those industrial sectors which conducted their annual bargaining rounds in spring.
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The specific sectoral social partners negotiated the annual collective bargaining rounds, as requested by their institutional setting.
The social partners are supportive.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C13 Manufacture of textiles|
|C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel|
|C15 Manufacture of leather and related products|
|C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products|
|C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products|
|C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products|
|C27 Manufacture of electrical equipment|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Corona bonus in several industrial sectors, measure AT-2020-18/1396 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2020-18_1396.html
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