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Tesco Hungary online employees threaten to go on strike

Tesco’s entire online division in Hungary is planning to go on strike in March if all of the workers do not get pay raises, Hungarian daily Magyar Idők reported today.

Due to the rapid rise in popularity of Tesco’s WebShop, Tesco headquarters in London reportedly said they would increase the pay of online order delivery personnel working in Central Europe by as much 14%, according to Magyar Idők.

Tesco Hungary, however, has only expressed plans to increase the pay of delivery personnel in Budapest and Győr, where most of its deliveries take place, while not increasing pay in other regions of Hungary, according to the daily.

Tesco believes that in those cities the workers don’t have an incentive to quit the company, because they don’t have better job options elsewhere, Csaba Bubenko, Chairman of Trade Union of Independent Workers reportedly told Magyar Idok. 

During Tesco’s fiscal year, which ends in February, revenue’s are expected to be around HUF 9 billion, roughly 10-15% higher than in the previous year, with 80% of Tesco’s online sales taking place in Budapest, the daily reported.