The group was established in 1999 to enhance the cooperation of Central European metal unions and link them to their Western counterparts. Trade unionists from Austria, Bavaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia meet once a year to discuss current developments in collective bargaining and to develop joint action strategies.
Together with the former union leaders, who took part in the inaugural meeting in 1999, participants looked back at the results of the last 20 years and discussed the economic as well political environment and the situation of the automotive industry in each country.
In this year's meeting Secretary General of industriAll Europe, Luc Triangle spoke about the importance of maintaining similar international networks, fostering cross-border cooperation and solidarity in sectors whose value chains operate in different countries. He described the Vienna Memorandum Group as a benchmark for industriAll Europe. He further stressed, that its role will be fundamental, now that the automotive industry is facing an industrial revolution.
The Vienna Memorandum group also debated the upcoming elections for the European Parliament, what model of the European Union it prefers and what kind of arrangement could further the interests of workers best, which was summarized in a 15-point program for a Social Europe.