Rudolf Hundstorfer was born on 19 September 1951 in Vienna and started his trade union activities as youth spokesman in the administration of the City of Vienna. He served as chairman of the Social Democratic Trade Unionists from 2003 to 2006 and was elected chairman of the Union of Municipal Employees until May 2007. Mr. Hundstorfer was member of Vienna‘s Provincial Diet (Landtag) and City Council from 1990 to 2007 and first chairman of Vienna‘s City Council from 1995 to 2007.
In 2007, Rudolf Hundstorfer became president as well as member of the executive committee of the Austrian Trade Union Federation with a key responsibility for social affairs.
On 2 December 2008, Rudolf Hundstorfer was sworn in as Minister of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection of the Republic of Austria. Since February 1st 2009 he has also been responsible for Labour Affairs.