Hungary - Joint strike action of railway workers - October 22, 2009

On 19 October, railway workers went on a nationwide strike after the government announced plans to slash the railway budget and close railway lines. Protest focused on proposals to  withdraw 40 billion HUF (Euro 146 million) in funding from the railway industry, as well as to close some 30 lines, affecting 5,000 workplaces. Talks between the government and the unions on 20 October as to resolve the dispute failed, and were followed by a two-hour warning strike on Tuesday 27 October. The next negotiation round is set on 2 November. According to our Hungarian spokesperson, this was the first railway strike since 2000 called for by all five unions involved.

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