Hungary - Garbage collectors consider strike - January 01, 2017

The garbage collectors in Budapest are planning to strike, if their demands are not met. Budapest Public Area Maintenance Company (FKF) workers have scheduled a strike for before the Christmas holiday after wage negotiations with the company broke down. The company FKF is responsible for cleaning public areas and clearing snow from areas of the inner city. The company recently granted its workers a 4% wage increase, denying their demands for an 8% rise. In November 2016, the Parliament mandated a 23% increase in minimum wages in the run-up to the 2018 election. However, certain classes of public service workers are excluded from the deal. Local Industrial and City Economy Workers Union, HVDSZ, has turned to a court to agree on the legality of the work stoppage, and to determine what basic functions the FKF must still perform during the strike to ensure ‘sufficient service’, a legal condition for a strike. The court is expected to hand down its decision soon, after which the strike could begin.

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