Hungary -Mass lay-offs at public media questioned -August 26, 2011

Media service support and asset management fund MTVA, established earlier in 2011 to manage the public media, has announced to lay off some 500 media workers already in August and a total of 1,000 in 2011. Currently the public media employ about 3,300. The reaction of Balasz Nagy Navarro, president of the public media trade unions’ council, was that “Public media have never been fully independent in Hungary, but now they are not independent in a very blunt and primitive way”. Nagy Navarro pointed out that some 40% of those to be dismissed are over 50 years of age, with hardly any chances of finding new jobs.

English: Máté Komiljovics, union correspondent


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