Hungarian rail union says to restart strike after Christmas

Gasko said the union suspended the strike to allow people to travel over the Christmas holidays.

Hungarian rail union says to restart strike after Christmas
Hungarian rail workers suspended a wage strike on Tuesday even though the union and state railway company MAV have failed to reach agreement on the union's demands, news agency MTI reported.

The strike lasted for more than a week and caused severe disruptions in traffic on rail lines nationwide.

"We decided to suspend the strike from midnight ... when the strike committee believes it is time we will restart the strike," rail workers' union VDSZSZ's chairman Istvan Gasko told Hungarian MR1 radio.

Gasko said the union suspended the strike to allow people to travel over the Christmas holidays.

The rail union began the nationwide strike to demand a 10 percent wage rise for outsourced employees and a one-off bonus of 250,000 forints ($1,267) for each worker from the privatisation sale of MAV's freight unit.

The union and MAV's management have failed to reach an agreement in several rounds of talks and have not even managed to agree on a minimum level of services to be provided during the strike.

MAV says the union's demands are unrealistic. MAV and the union will continue talks on Tuesday.

MAV said it expected 80 percent of trains to run on schedule by Tuesday afternoon and for traffic to return to normal by Wednesday.

Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Aralık 2008, 15:08
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