According to this article, Austria's chancellor said that
EU citizens should be barred from taking jobs if a qualified Austrian has applied to the same position [..] accused east European nations of "exporting their joblessness to Austria" and wants local employers to prioritize Austrians unless no other candidate is available.
"That means - only if there is no suitable unemployed person in the country can [a job] be given to new arrivals without restriction," he said.
The same article mentions that this action would "directly clash with the free movement of workers, viewed as sacrosanct throughout much of the EU.". This idea is fully expressed within Freedom of movement for workers in the European Union:
- Freedom of movement for workers shall be secured within the Community.
- Such freedom of movement shall entail the abolition of any discrimination based on nationality between workers of the Member States as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment.
- It shall entail the right, subject to limitations justified on grounds of public policy, public security or public health:
- (a) to accept offers of employment actually made;
- (b) to move freely within the territory of Member States for this purpose;
- (c) to stay in a Member State for the purpose of employment in accordance with the provisions governing the employment of nationals of that State laid down by law, regulation or administrative action;
- (d) to remain in the territory of a Member State after having been employed in that State, subject to conditions which shall be embodied in implementing regulations to be drawn up by the Commission.
- The provisions of this article shall not apply to employment in the public service.1
As I see it, current context cannot be used to justify an exception based on public security or health, so public policy remains the only criteria to use. From a layman's perspective, public policy can mean anything that a Government can legally do within that country.
Question: how can Austria implement such barring of workforce, while also obeying to EU rules?