In Austria, women receive an average of 43 percent less pension than men. This is reflected in the annual "Equal Pension Day", which falls this year on the 28th of July. This is the day on which the average pensioner has received since the beginning of the year the amount that the average pensioner will reach only at the end of the year. Demands exist from many sides.
13:57, 27 July 2018
Women currently need with the same amount 156 days longer than men. The president of the SPÖ Pensioners' Association, Peter Kostelka, blames the unequal pay and part-time work of women for childcare or care for the elderly, especially the effects of the 2003 ÖVP-FPÖ pension reform. "The longer calculation period for determining the amount of the pension decided at that time has sealed the fact that more and more women are getting less and less pension and this injustice has to be eliminated as soon as possible", Kostelka demanded on Friday.
He therefore suggests that the ten worst contribution years are not included in the pension calculation. He also wants in the child-raising periods, the full credit of four years for each child and a credit of nursing care with care of close relatives. For the upcoming pension increase, Kostelka reaffirmed the demand to take into account the actual inflation of the products relevant to senior citizens.
The Equal Pension Day has been calculated by the Statistics Department of the City of Vienna since 2015. In these four years there was an improvement of two days throughout Austria. At most, namely by six days, the pension income differences between women and men in Vienna shrank. Burgenland has improved by five days since 2015. In third place is Lower Austria with an improvement of three days. There are clear differences between the individual federal states. For example, the Equal Pension Day in Vorarlberg (5 July) is more than one and a half months ahead of the one in Vienna (27 August). Austria was calculated on July 28.
Quick measures against this inequality and thus against old-age poverty of women also demanded on Friday Korinna Schumann, ÖGB Vice President and Federal Women's President. The ÖGB women demand a wage transparency law, full crediting of parental leave and an expansion of nationwide child education facilities.
SPÖ women's leader Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek called for the black-blue coalition to apply for the SPÖ application for a minimum pension of 1,200 euros at the age of 40 Insurance years from 1 January 2019 to implement. The proposal also includes consideration of periods of parenting, sickness and unemployment. "Two-thirds of them would benefit from this."
List of mushroom women's spokesperson Maria Stern presented Minister of Women Juliane Bogner-Strauß (ÖVP) with her head in the sand. She proposed equal sharing of mothers and fathers and subsequent parenting after the Scandinavian model with simultaneous reduction in working hours.
NEOS spokeswoman Claudia Gamon accused the government of inactively watching women age as they depend on state and partner. She called for a rapid harmonization of the women's retirement age, an automatic pension splitting and a mbadive expansion of childcare places.
Workers' Chamber President Renate Anderl called for more and better kindergartens and care, incentives for sharing in family work, more transparency in wages and support for women who have no or a wrong qualification. However, the current measures of the Federal Government went in exactly the opposite direction, also criticized Anderl.
The President of the ÖVP seniors' Federation, Ingrid Korosec, demanded the crediting of four years of pension periods per child, even for "overlapping" times. The pension splitting should be automatic and only on request one should be able to do without it.