On 13 May, in the late afternoon, 200,000 people (according to the ÖGB,
the Austrian trade union federation) marched through the streets of
Vienna against the government’s pension ‘reforms’ (the police said "over
Tuesday, 6 May, was a historic day for Austria. For the first time in
decades the Ã-GB (Austrian trade union federation) called for a national
day of action, including strikes. According to the Ã-GB about 500,000
workers participated all over Austria in about 10,000 activities, such
as workplace meetings,...
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...
Today the ÖGB (Austrian trade union federation) decided to organise
"defence-strikes" on Tuesday April 29 in protest against the Peoples
Party – Freedom Party (ÖVP-FPÖ) government’s attacks on the pension
system. Reflecting the huge popular opposition to the government’s plans
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
The re-formation of the coalition government between the People’s Party
(ÖVP) and the far right Freedom Party (FPÖ) will leave many people in
Austria angry, demotivated or frustrated. The fact that any other
government coalition of the existing parliamentary parties would have
pursued a neo-liberalist...
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...
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...
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...
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!