Hungary - Unions divided over transport strike - January 4, 2010

On 4 January, eleven unions at the Budapest transport company BKV and the Volan nationwide bus company have declared an indefinite strike beginning on 12 January, after rejecting the latest contract offer from management. Some unions accepted this proposal, but others -representing 65% of BKV employees, mainly bus drivers-- tu! rned it down as they are unwilling to accept planned cuts in fringe benefits. However, the metro and the HÉV suburban railway, as well as most trams and trolleybuses may be running, as their Urban Mass Transport Union has accepted the new contract terms. Railway workers have also threatened to hold a series of strikes, and employees of public television MTV have convened a strike committee to protest over pay.

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