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Airport strike continues, though flight traffic flowing smoothly

Unions representing ground and security personnel at Budapest Ferihegy International Airport continued to strike on Friday morning, though Spokesman Domokos Szollár of Ferihegy airport operator Budapest Airport told MTI that flight traffic had continued to proceed normally in spite of the work stoppage.

Szollár said on Thursday that 70% of the airport's ground staff had reported for their regular Thursday work shifts.

Budapest Airport’s management said on Thursday that it is prepared to sign an agreement that would extend the validity of the current collective contract until the end of March, thus providing time for further bargaining on the details.

Union representatives, however, said they wanted to continue current negotiations and were prepared to carry on with the strike.

Strike committee chairman Zoltan Kovács told MTI on Thursday that although union and Budapest Airport representatives had made some progress in their negotiations, issues related to the collective agreement, the work schedule and the allowance system remained unresolved.

Unions representing airport workers called the strike on December 10 to bolster their demand that Budapest Airport discontinue its restructuring program, preserve its workforce at present strength and sign a new collective contract.

The unions have also criticized Budapest Airport for employing 38 Greek security staff to maintain services during the strike. (MTI - Econews)