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Multinationals often forbid trade unions, says union chief

Multinational companies in Hungary often forbid their employees from forming a trade union, especially in the case of greenfield investments, Tamás Wittich, chairman of the Hungarian Trade Unions Association told business daily Napi Gazdaság on Thursday. Wittich gave as examples French supermarket chain Auchan, Japanese car manufacturer Suzuki and American fast-food chain McDonald's. According to chairman of the Autonomous Trade Unions Association János Borsik, Hungarian managers heading a multinational company are more likely to violate labor regulations than if they were heading a Hungarian company. Employees' interest representation is generally stronger in the public sector than in the private sector, with most cases of abuse registered in small businesses that employ fewer than ten people, Borsik said.