Opposition: Upper Austria’s SPÖ leadership before transfer




A change at the top of the Upper Austrian SPÖ is imminent: state party leader Birgit Gerstorfer and state manager Georg Brockmeyer have to go. The third president of the state parliament, Peter Binder, confirmed a corresponding report from nachrichten.at early on Tuesday afternoon. The change in the presidency is to be decided on Monday. Club boss Michael Lindner should then take over the party chairmanship. A party conference is to follow in June. The National Council member Dietmar Keck had previously called for the “immediate resignation” of the two. The background is said to be a vaccination campaign with sad children – but a study commissioned by the state party, which questions the role of the trade unions, also plays a role. It was the “second scandal within a few weeks,” said Keck, who is also chairman of the Linz section of voestalpine. Luger said on nachrichten.at that he had been in talks with leading Social Democrats in Upper Austria all morning and that the mood was clear. Binder confirmed that “the stone started rolling” after the campaign presentation on Monday morning. It turned out that the advertising subjects had not been approved by any official. He spoke of Gerstorfer and Brockmeyer going it alone. Within a very short time, the two had twice violated the “customs of the party”. Therefore, the duo is no longer acceptable for Binder either. Meeting on Monday club chairman Lindner as the new party chairman was logical for him. “From the current perspective, he is the one who can count on the greatest support within the party.” Binder assumes that the presidium meeting on Monday will decide on the early party conference and the change at the top. He himself “is annoyed and regrets” that he presented the campaign together with Brockmeyer on Monday, said Binder, who is also a health spokesman. He was asked on Friday whether he would present them at a press conference. He agreed without knowing the subject beforehand. When he saw them shortly before the press conference on Monday, he actually didn’t find them wearable either, he said. However, he assumed that it had been released by several people. Gerstorfer already stated some time ago that she would retire in the medium term. But the time was still open. Lindner was repeatedly traded as her successor. The party had only achieved a meager result in the state elections in autumn and its powers to govern had been curtailed. Analysis angered trade unionists Recently, an analysis commissioned by the party also caused resentment: in it, political advisor Jana Faus, journalist Horand Knaup and former SPD politician Michael Rüter suggest the party reconsider its relationship with the trade 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. According to the Council, the fact that certain places on the list are always reserved for trade unionists must at least be discussed. It drew resentment from within the union ranks. A vaccination campaign that Brockmeyer and Binder presented on Monday should have been the final tipping point. It shows a sad child, under which one can read: “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. “That’s not possible” The result was not only severe criticism from the FPÖ – Linz Mayor Klaus Luger also let it be known via “Heute” (Tuesday edition) that he thought the posters were “unsuccessful”, Keck found even sharper ones 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. (apa)


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