The Austrian ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government started its general attack on
the country’s pension system while missiles hit cities in Iraq. The
implementation of these "reform" plans will mean that working people can
expect between 10% to 40 % less in their pensions, plus 88,000 more
Public bus transport throughout Austria is at a standstill today
(25/06/02) as 3,000 drivers take strike action for 48 hours. The strike
is in protest at an attempt by the right wing government to sell off 30%
of the state owned bus firm. The union says that ‘part privatisation’
will destroy 1,000 out of...
It has now become clear that the Austrian TUC is preparing for a
de-mobilisation of the bus workers action. High up union officials have
led the protests and a meeting of the TUC national body was fixed to
convene as the blockade started!
The early general elections in Austria held on 24 November saw a huge
victory for the conservative Peoples party (ÖVP) of chancellor Schüssel,
getting 42,3 % and becoming the largest party for the first time since
The Austrian section of the CWI (SLP) is standing in the 24 November
general elections in Vienna and is in sixth place on the ‘voting list
6’. This is higher than the Liberals and a new right wing party that has
received favourable media coverage. After an energetic campaign the SLP
secured more than the 500...
April 29 saw up to 3,000 workers attend a morning open-air workplace
meeting of the OMV (Austrian oil company) and other companies in Vienna
in protest at the government’s attacks on the pension system. This is
one of a series of protest rallies being organised in different
workplaces, the previous day saw a...
Over 60 people, mainly trade union activists and Works’ Council members
from Vienna, and the neighbouring provinces of Lower Austria and Upper
Austria, took part in the first conference of the “Platform for fighting
and democratic trade unions,” on October 13. This meeting firmly
An important case in defending women´s right to abortion was won on 10
July at the end of a lower court trial. SLP member Claudia Sorger (the
Socialist Left Party is the CWI´s affiliate in Austria) had been taken
to court by the radical anti-abortionists Human Life International
because she had criticised...
We, signing organisations and persons, want to protest in the strongest
terms at the permanent injunction that Fingal County Council has taken
out against fifteen anti-bin tax campaigners. In particular we are
protesting against the threat of further court proceedings against Joe
Higgins TD and Councillor Clare Daley....
Following the breakdown of the coalition between the conservative
People’s Party and Haider’s far right Freedom Party last September,
Austria held new elections in November that resulted in gains for the
conservatives and a disaster for the Freedom Party whose votes went down
to ten percent. Chancellor...
Today the new ("old") Austrian government will be announced. After
coalition talks with the both the Greens and Social Democrats the ÖVP
(Peoples Party, conservatives) decided to turn back to the weakened
far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). This government will be a crisis-ridden
one. According to a poll...