|Collective Bargaining Coverage||95%|
|Proportion of Employees in Unions||28%|
|Principal Level of Collective Bargaining||
yes: state-owned and private companies
|Company Board Structure||
Sources: see individual country sections; where a range of figures has been quoted, the lower number has been taken
Employee representation in Austria is through the works councils, which by law can be set up in all workplaces with at least five employees, although in reality they are rare in smaller workplaces. They have important information and consultation rights, which amount to an effective veto in a few areas.more ...
The works council and specially appointed health and safety representatives are the key elements in employee health and safety representation. Although not elected, health and safety representatives can only be appointed with the agreement of the works council and should be appointed in workplaces with more than 10 employees. In workplaces with more than 100 employees (250 in offices) a health and safety committee should also be set up.more ...
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