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Motiv zu Social Minister Alois Stöger

Minister of Social Affairs Alois Stöger

Born: 3 September 1960 in Linz
Marital status: married, with one daughter


  • 1966-71 Primary school in Allerheiligen
  • 1971-1975 Secondary school in Perg
  • Apprenticeship as a machine fitter
  • Completed his apprenticeship with examinations in the occupations of toolmaker and lathe operator
  • 1986-87 Social Academy of the Chamber of Labour, Vienna
  • 1990-1992 Training course in clinical supervision at the Federal Institute for Adult Education,
  • 1995-1996 European Trade Union Academy
  • 1997-2000 Degree in Social Practice at Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg and Linz
  • Concluded his studies with the Diplôme des Hautes Etudes des Pratiques Sociales.

Professional experience

  • 1975-1979 Apprenticeship as a toolmaker at Voest Alpine AG
  • 1979-1986 Skilled worker
  • 1986-2008 Secretary of the Metalworking, Mining and Energy Union, responsible for: youth, education, legal representation, electricity utilities, the district of Gmunden
  • 2000 District Secretary of the Metalworking and Textiles Union in Linz.

Political functions

  • 1977-1983 Young workers' councillor (representing the interests of apprentices in dealings with company management)
  • 1982-1986 Chairman of the Youth Section of the Upper Austrian Trade Unions
  • 1997-2006 Chairman of Education of the Austrian Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) in Urfahr and surrounding area
  • 1997-2009 Local councillor in Gallneukirchen
  • 2003-2007 Town councillor
  • 2000 Election to the Council of the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour
  • 2008-2014 Federal Minister of Health
  • 2014-2016 Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology.

Since January 2016: Minister of Social Affairs

Functions in the social insurance institutions

  • 1995-2004 Deputy Member of the General Assembly of the Social Insurance Institution of Austrian Mining
  • 2002-2004 Member of the Payments Committee of the Upper Austrian General Work Accident Insurance Institution (AUVA)
  • 2005-2008 Member of the Board of the Upper Austrian Regional Health Insurance Fund
  • 2005-2008 Chairman of the Upper Austrian Regional Health Insurance Fund