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Employers’ threats to prevent works council elections07-01-2020

According to ÖGB, members of works councils have in some instances been the target of intimidation or even threats of dismissal by employers. ÖGB reports one case in 2019 where the company threatened workers with the relocation of the production outside of Austria so that they would not elect a new works council works council 1. A body elected to represent the interests of workers within a workplace through communication and consultation with the employer e.g. concerning working conditions and health and safety issues. 2. A joint council composed of representatives of both workers and the employer for workplace-level discussions on matters of common interest. . Faced with this threat, employees did not vote, and as a result, there are no more workers’ representatives in this enterprise.

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