Gastro labor shortage - AK and WKÖ disagree over solutions

The current labor shortage in the catering and hotel industry is becoming a problem for more and more companies. In a double interview in the “Kronen Zeitung” (Sunday edition), President of the Chamber of Labor, Renate Anderl, called for higher wages and better working conditions. Chamber of Commerce gastronomy chairman Mario Pulker insisted on a "rigorous" implementation of the reasonableness regulations in the AMS job placement.

The Chamber of Labor (AK) sees the restaurants on the train. "The problem is not just the wages, but the working conditions: We are talking about an industry in which many are employed part-time, but work full-time," said Anderl. In addition, overtime is "rarely or not paid at all".

The gastronomy chairman of the Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ) rejected blanket criticism. In an industry with almost 60.000 companies, there is “a certain proportion” of problems. “Of course there are black sheep. But: A company can no longer afford to treat an employee badly, to pay poorly or not to make payments, ”said Pulker.

Tighter controls

Labor Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) recently announced that the Public Employment Service (AMS) will apply the same rules as before the corona crisis to job placement. "We have no new reasonableness provisions, there are no new sanctions," said Kocher last Tuesday. The WKÖ gastro chairman calls for a "rigorous" implementation of the current AMS reasonableness regulations. “It cannot be that people are sitting at home who are able to work but not willing to work. They are not allowed to get any money from the state, ”said Pulker. “Pressure is the wrong way. Instead, we need to mediate better. The AMS needs more staff, ”replied the AK President.

Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) also sees a need for action in the AMS placement practice. "There are certainly good reasons to refuse a job, but the rules and reasonableness regulations must be tightened because we urgently need workers to rebuild after this pandemic," said Köstinger in an interview with the "Presse am Sonntag". (apa)