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Factsheet for case AT-2020-31/1395 – measures in Austria

Corona bonus of €3000 rewards Vienna Port employees for exceptional burden

€3000 Corona-Prämie für Hafen Wien-MitarbeiterInnen

Country Austria , applies locally

      – AT130 Wien
Time period Temporary, 01 August 2020 – 30 September 2020
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Case created 04 November 2020 (updated 06 November 2020)

Background information

Vienna Port (Hafen Wien), a company of the city owned Wien Holding, operates the largest port in Austria encompassing three large cargo terminals. As part of the "critical infrastructure", the logistics hub at the river Danube was operational at all times during the COVID-19 pandemic and could even mark economic growth in several divisions.

Content of measure

In the annual bargaining round in spring, conducted between the sectoral employer organisation of the Federal Economic Chamber on behalf of Wien Hafen and the unions (the GPA-djp for white-collar workers and apprentices and the vida union for blue-collar workers), a bonus of €3,000 for "exceptional burdens" was agreed upon for all employees (including apprentices) who were in an employment relationship with the company between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 and on 31 August 2020, to be paid alongside the regular monthly wage in August or September 2020. Any employees or apprentices who were only partially employed during these times, receive the bonus to aliquot parts. Besides the bonus, a wage increase of 1.99% was negotiated for the minimum wages and apprenticeship compensation, valid for two years (instead of one year, as is usually customary in Austria) due to the "volatile" economic situation. The newly updated collective agreement came into effect on 1 April 2020.

Use of measure

The company has 225 employees, according to information on its website. It can be assumed that all these employees are eligible to the bonus.


  • Bonuses
  • Pay increases

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Workers in essential services
Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies

Social partners

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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


The sectoral social partners were involved in the annual collective bargaining round as requested by their institutional setting and made an agreement.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive of the measure which they have themselves agreed upon.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      H - Transportation And Storage H52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2020), Corona bonus of €3000 rewards Vienna Port employees for exceptional burden, case AT-2020-31/1395 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.