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MÁV-Volán group offers incentives for inoculation

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State-owned railway and bus group MÁV-Volán is offering all of its workers who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus and employees who get their jabs by November 30 two extra days off, MÁV said, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

A meeting of management and union reps agreed that inoculation is "the most effective defense against the spread of the pandemic", MÁV said. The sides also agreed to hold talks on mandatory vaccination, "if necessary", as allowed by government decree.

 A government decree issued a week earlier gives employers the power to require their workers to be inoculated against the coronavirus "as a condition of working", "if they deem it necessary in the interest of the safety of people working there". Employees who do not comply may be put on unpaid leave for a period of one year and may be terminated after that period if they still have not been inoculated. 

MÁV became Hungary's biggest employer, with 57,000 people on payroll, after Volánbusz became part of the group at the start of the year.

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