Volán bus drivers to strike March 28-April 1

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After failing to receive a wage increase, employees of state-owned bus company Volán are planning a five-day partial strike that would halt 20-25% of the bus routes in the countryside between March 28-April 1, regional news portal alon.hu reported yesterday. 

Zoltán Baranyai, chairman of the Road Transport union said that Volán bus drivers have requested a 3% wage increase and HUF 5,000 a month in fringe benefits, according to online news portal index.hu.

Volán companies are the main bus service providers outside of Budapest and other urban areas in Hungary.

Unions representing Volán employees have been in negotiations with the management of Volán and its proprietors (Hungarian National Asset Management Inc.) for several weeks but have failed to make any progress on the matter, index.hu reported.

As a result, union representatives announced yesterday afternoon that employees will not wait any longer and will launch a five-day strike to force the issue, index.hu added.

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