Dissatisfaction with vaccination campaign: SP MP calls for Gerstorfer’s resignation

It was the “second scandal within a few weeks,” said Keck, who is also chairman of the Linz section of voestalpine. What is meant by this is a study commissioned by the state party, according to which the trade unions should be given less weight in the future.

The campaign presented by Brockmeyer and the third state parliament president Peter Binder on Monday shows a sad child, with the following reading: “I don’t want to lose you. Get vaccinated. Now.” An SPÖ logo cannot be seen. Around 1,000 posters are to be posted throughout Upper Austria in the coming days, and the campaign will be run on social media and on the radio. One wants to take responsibility, so the reason for the action.


Member of the National Council Dietmar Keck (SPÖ) in 2013


Sad children on posters: “That’s not possible”

After the FPÖ criticized the campaign on Monday, the red state party was threatened with much more trouble on Tuesday: Not only did the Mayor of Linz Klaus Luger let it be known that he considered the posters “unsuccessful”, Keck found in a statement much sharper words: “If you combine children and death, a limit has been crossed,” he said, “that doesn’t work at all”. Apart from the subject, it is not the task of the SPÖ to carry out a vaccination campaign, that is a matter for the responsible members of the government.

For Keck, Gerstorfer and Brockmeyer are ready to resign. “The two have to go immediately,” he demands. He also does not want to wait until a possible party conference in a few months. Because Gerstorfer had already signaled that he wanted to withdraw in the medium term, but the date is still open.

The SPÖ's striking advertising for vaccination

Red Poster Presentation

Image: SP

Analysis enrages trade unionists

An analysis that the party commissioned after the poor performance in the state elections in autumn should also play a role in the dispute. In it, the political advisor Jana Faus, the journalist Horand Knaup and the former SPD politician Michael Rüter suggest that the party reconsider its relationship with the unions. These are undoubtedly important for social democracy, but are always “obligated to a certain clientele”, often uncompromising and equipped with a “tendency to preserve vested interests”, says the paper. The fact that certain places on the list are always reserved for trade unionists must at least be discussed, according to the council, which has caused displeasure in the ranks of the trade union. Keck has also been a voestalpine personnel representative for many years.

Gerstorfer is currently abroad. The APA is trying to get an opinion.

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