Representation of interests

Current information about workforce representation, employer representation, etc.

Information for newcomers

In Austria, workers' interests are represented by:

  • the Chamber of Labour (compulsory membership by law);
  • the Austrian Trade Union Federation (voluntary membership);
  • their works council (within the company itself).

The interests of businesses and professionals are represented by:

  • the chambers of commerce and other chambers (compulsory membership by law);
  • associations and organisations, e.g. the Federation of Austrian Industries (voluntary membership).


The Austrian Social Partnership is a voluntary cooperation initiative between the main employers' and employees' associations and between these associations and the federal government. It comprises four associations at national level:

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 2 December 2020

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Labour

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