Hungary - Surprise strike in public transport - February 29, 2016

Workers of Budapest Transport Company (BKV) have set up a strike committee and are preparing to strike after not receiving a pay rise for an extended period, and hearing news of the company’s plans to carry out additional layoffs. Workers claim that the company is already short staffed, forcing remaining employees to work in a way that may be in violation of internal regulations. The strike committee is planning a ‘surprise type of strike’ to signal their dissatisfaction towards management, who have been informed on several occasions about poor working conditions, but have failed to act. According to trade union EKSZ, the strike could be nation-wide, and it is anticipated that the strike is likely to gain the support of public transport passengers rather than incite anger towards BKV employees.

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