The works council for academic staff (BRWiss) is the staff representative body elected at 5-year intervals for all academic staff (tutors, student staff, project assistants, research assistants, lecturers and professors) at the University of Klagenfurt. The works council is competent the legal representation of interests in terms of service, salary and social law. Its responsibilities include, among others, the participation in
in the implementation and monitoring of compliance as regards the rules for the protection of employees,
in the event of termination of the employment relationship by dismissal or by termination on the part of the employer and in the event of a mutually agreed dissolution of the employment relationship.
The main legal basis for works council action is the Labour Constitution Act (Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz). The works council acts autonomously and its members enjoy extended protection against dismissal in order to safeguard their independence.
The Rectorate must inform and in some cases also actively consult the works council in decisions on personnel matters, on the preparation and amendment of the duty roster and schedule, on the allocation of leave, and on the introduction of new working methods and of systems for the computer-aided identification, processing and transmission of personal data relating to staff.