Volánbusz Drivers Could Strike Next Week

Transport

Several hundred employees gathered in front of Volánbusz headquarters in Budapest on Monday to answer the call of the Solidarity Bus Transport Union (Szaksz) and voice their demands, Mérce reported.

The president of Szaksz, István Dobi, said that its members have been waiting for 20 years to earn as much as colleagues working in the European Union.

They did not sign a proposal for a 10% wage increase proposal this year and 5% next year promised by the company. Instead, they want salaries to rise by 20% this year and 20% in 2023.

Dobi added that this still would not cover the effects of inflation suffered by the bus drivers and that they could justifiably call for a 50 or 100% wage increase.

He considers the HUF 1,650 hourly wage for bus drivers humiliatingly low. The union president gave next Monday as the deadline for the company management to sit down to discuss pay with it; otherwise, it will announce preparations for a strike.

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