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Malév pilots won?t fly if pay rise is further prolonged

The pilots of national airline Malév Rt are threatening to strike if they do not receive a 8% pay rise that was due in January, broadsheet Magyar Nemzet reported. The pilots, who have not had a pay increase for more than a year and even forwent their December overtime pay, had reached agreement with the management on the raise in 2004. In response to the pilots? demands, the management asked the aggrieved the employees to consider the financial difficulties of the company. The strike threat could not have come at a more sensitive time for Malév, with its owner the State Privatization and Holding Rt (ÁPV) accepting bids from potential investors by the end of February, the newspaper noted, implying that all bad news lower the value of the company.