[Marxism] Rail, air traffic in Hungary hit by strikes

Sky Keyes-Vogt skeyesvogt at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 10:18:46 MST 2008

more strikes in Europe......

Rail, air traffic in Hungary hit by strikes


BUDAPEST (AFP) — Rail traffic was severely disrupted in Hungary on Monday by
a strike over pay, while Budapest's main airport faced delays for a sixth
day due to a separate walkout over working conditions.

Some train services resumed as workers returned to their jobs during the
course of the day, said a spokesman for rail operator MAV, Imre Kavalecz.

"Between 6:00 am (0500 GMT) and noon (1100 GMT), 582 trains were in
operation out of 915 scheduled," Kavalecz said, adding however that
inter-city and international services were still not running.

Rail union VDSzSz wants higher wages for outsourced workers, plus a one-off
payment of 250,000 forint (929 euros, 1,245 dollars) for every employee, to
be paid out of the 10.5 billion forint in proceeds from MAV's sale of its
freight transport union MAV Cargo.

The union had called for an indefinite rolling strike back in February,
which they could suspend and re-start at will. Since then, rail workers have
stopped work five times, with the last walkout on June 14.

MAV has dismissed the union's demands as "unrealistic."

Meanwhile, a strike by two unions at Budapest Airport entered its sixth day,
causing minor delays, the airport operator said.

The airport workers' union RDSZSZ and the air transport union LESZ,
representing service staff in areas such as security and refuelling, called
the indefinite action last Wednesday in a dispute over working conditions.

Budapest Airport spokesman Domokos Szollar said passengers were still
experiencing delays, but flights were operating. Hungarian airline Malev
scrapped 12 of its flights scheduled for the day.

Szollar said the airport had was hiring security staff from other EU
countries with immediate effect to help ease the situation.

Earlier, representatives from air companies and hotels called on management
and unions to reach a deal.

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