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Pay rise for Austrian civil servants

Pay rise for Austrian civil servants

By Maddy French

Civil servants in Austria have succeeded in securing themselves a pay rise after the two parties in the coalition government announced they have come to an agreement on Friday.

They will see an increase to their wages of 1.9% this year and a further pay rise of 0.1 percentage points above inflation in 2015.

The move comes after protests held in December by civil servants, students and teachers over spending cuts proposed by the coalition between the Social Democratic Party and the conservative People's Party.

After just managing to hold on to power following the elections last September, Austria's two main parties had to come an agreement over how to reduce the budget deficit. Despite the parties differing over policies about tax reform and pensions they managed to come to an agreement after two months of discussions.

Austrian Finance Minister, conservative Michael Spindelegger has said that the new agreement over civil servant pay will not prevent the government from achieving their goal of a zero deficit by 2016.

"The budget track heading towards a zero structural deficit is not endangered by the deal," he said in a statement. "Our common goal is solid finances."

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