Pick Szeged workers wind up strike


Approximately 200 workers wound up the strike they started in the morning that brought the Pécs-based plant (southwestern Hungary) of Hungarian meat producer Pick Szeged to a standstill, Liga union representative Tibor Mózes told Hungarian news agency MTI this morning.

Under the agreement of the workers on strike and the arriving management, workers will be compensated retroactively with vouchers for an increase in performance benchmarks in the past months, representatives of the EMFSZ and Liga unions said after the five-and-a-half hour strike. The agreement also stipulates further developing the company's system of remuneration, higher wages and the start of talks on performance, they added.

Mózes said that the strike followed a one-hour warning strike that was staged on February 10 to protest an increase in performance benchmarks.

Since the summer, the number of half hogs workers are required to process per shift has risen from 3,200 to 3,600, and contracted laborers have been called in to assist, and these workers earn more than employees with more experience, the union said.

Pick CEO Endre Nagy immediately traveled to Pécs from the company's headquarters in Szeged in southeastern Hungary for negotiations following the start of the strike.


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