But not fixed: salary settlement for civil servants in some countries open

Discussions are still taking place with staff representatives in some federal states. Carinthia goes its own way.

The adoption of the contract in civil servant salary negotiations, which the union is striving for, is by no means fixed for all federal states and communities. Discussions are still being held on this in some federal states and Carinthia is going its own way – albeit one that has been for a long time.

“Not in dry towels”

The government agreed on Wednesday with the public sector union that public sector salaries will rise from January 1 by between 7.15 percent for high earners and 9.41 percent for low earners. On average, the increase is 7.32 percent, and the allowances are also increased by this value. The President of the Younion Union for Municipal Employees, Christian Meidlingerassumed that the states and municipalities would take over the conclusion, as they usually do, because the representatives of the states and the association of cities and municipalities had also promised to do so.

However, this is by no means a sure thing everywhere. Discussions are still being held in several federal states. That’s what it said in Burgenland, for example, from the governor’s office Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) at the request of the APA that they would soon sit down. Only then will it be determined whether and in what form the federal degree will be adopted. It sounded very similar with the city councilor responsible for personnel Jurgen Czernohorszky (SPÖ) in Vienna: the mayor, the city councilor for human resources and finance will “advise” the federal agreement with the unions this week, according to the “Wiener Zeitung” from his office.

It was also not clear on Thursday whether the state of Vorarlberg would take over the federal civil servant salary agreement for its state and municipal employees. “Negotiations with the staff representation are currently underway,” said the country house when asked by APA. Unlike in other federal states, in Vorarlberg there are always deviations from the federal salary agreement.

Also the Styrian Provincial Council for Human Resources Werner Amon (ÖVP) invited the social partners “immediately” to talks. “Negotiations are scheduled to start this week,” said his office. The city of Graz, on the other hand, has already made a commitment: “In consultation with the staff representation, the city will take over this degree, as well as the socially graded pension increase (5.8 to 8.2 percent) for the retired city officials,” said it on Thursday in a broadcast.

Carinthia’s way

Carinthia is going its own way with an agreement reached in 2021, which continues to apply “in principle”, as the governor’s office said Peter Kaiser (SPÖ) was called. Specifically, it was stipulated that from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, public employees would receive a further salary increase of 1.55 percent in addition to the three-year adjustment (1.45 percent each) already agreed in 2020. It was also agreed that from July 2023 to December 2023 the federal degree would be taken over in Carinthia.

Salzburg’s finance officer LHStv. Christian Stoeckl (ÖVP) announced at APA’s request that the state of Salzburg will take over the conclusion of the civil servant salary negotiations for the state’s employees and thus also for the employees in the state clinics. And the Salzburg municipal employees will also get the federal qualification, assured the state manager of the municipal association, Martin Huber.

In Tyrol, too, the federal salary increase will be applied to all state employees, said the state governor and personnel officer Anton Mattle (ÖVP) on Thursday with the APA. “With the salary increase of up to 9.41 percent, the social aspect for the lowest wage brackets is also taken into account accordingly,” said Michael Ellerchairman of the central staff representation of the country.

Upper Austria and Lower Austria adopt the federal degree

Upper Austria had already announced on Wednesday that the federal financial statements for around 25,000 state employees (administration and OÖ Gesundheitsholding GmbH) would be taken over. And Governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP) and oö. Confederation President Christian Mader agreed that the degree will also apply to municipal employees.

And Lower Austria will also adopt the federal result for the state service. According to the “Wiener Zeitung” from the office of the governor, the additional costs are borne by reallocations in the implementation of the budget Johanna Mikl Leitner (ÖVP).