Malév unions threaten strike if airline's sale goes ahead
Monday, August 22, 2005, 00:00
Trade unions of Malév Hungarian Airlines are ready to go on strike if the company is privatized as currently planned, a trade union representative said on Tuesday. Tibor Hegedűs, a spokesman for the unions, said Malév workers would not be partner to the government's plan to rid itself of guarantees on billions of forints of debts accumulated by Malév over the past 15 years. Malév's workers believe the airline is able to recover on its own and continue operating, Hegedűs said. Attila Csorba, head of the Independent Union of Air Workers, objected that the possibility of giving employees a stake in the airline had been excluded by the State Privatization and Holding Rt (ÁPV), and said that his union would look into the circumstances surrounding this decision.