Austrian Collective Bargaining Agreement For Employees In The Metal Technology Industries

With regard to industrial relations and working conditions, the Federal Ministry of Digitisation and Economic Site (BMDW) and, in particular, the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection (BMASGK) are the two main authorities. The latter ministry is responsible, among other things, for employment policy and supervision of public employment services (AMS) and, therefore, unemployment insurance; social and social policy on labour law; organization of labour inspectors (labour inspection); disability policy, care and social benefits. The Bundesschiedgericht (BEA), a common body within the BMASGK structure, plays a key role in Austria`s industrial relations system, as it has the right to recognize (or revoke) collective organisations of voluntary interests as collective parties. This facilitates social dialogue. The range of BMDW activities covers, among other things, economic policy and part of employment policy. The AMS, a public service agency with legal personality, is responsible for the placement and orientation of job seekers and employers in terms of supply and demand in the labour market. The labour inspectorate is part of the BMASGK and monitors employment conditions, including occupational health and safety. The AMS, the BEA and the labour inspectorate are all under the jurisdiction of BMASGK and can also be considered important authorities for the Austrian industrial relations system. With regard to national labour disputes, labour tribunals and social tribunals (in three cases) are responsible for all labour law disputes and all social security benefits rights, while social security disputes are referred to administrative authorities under the aegis of the BMASGK. A scheduled break (rest) of at least 30 minutes is granted when the daily working time exceeds six hours. In certain circumstances (if it is in the worker`s best interests or if it is necessary for business reasons), the rest period can be divided into two parts of 15 minutes each or into three parts of 10 minutes each.