The ÖGB did not want to “leave the streets to the right”. And so even a demo was organized. But it turns out to be more and more of a flop. While tens of thousands marched across the Wiener Ring at the “Schwurberl demos”, on Saturday there were only 4,500 who followed the call of the union federation.
Nationwide, 32,000 of the more than 1.2 million ÖGB members followed the call to protest. That is only 2.6%. With inflation at 9.3% and the former power of the red unionists, that’s hard to call a success. In addition, the event is said to have cost 737,000 euros. Spread across Austria, one participant cost 23 euros. The demonstrators in the federal capital were the most expensive. Each Viennese who demonstrated against inflation cost 163 euros.
How does a march to call on politicians to “finally act so that our lives don’t become unaffordable” actually become so expensive? Stage and technology (so that everyone could hear the speech of ÖGB boss Wolfgang Katzian) were estimated at 320,000 euros. The application with 235,000 euros. The ÖGB also announced 90,000 euros for materials and 70,000 euros for travel to the “Krone”. Security and demo support – so that no “right-wingers” could join the fray, 12,000 euros. And with 10,000 euros they wanted to provide food. After all, SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner was also on the street.