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Second strike to hit Budapest airport

Hungary's main international airport in Budapest was set to be hit by a second strike in quick succession after employees of the company responsible for fuelling aircraft Wednesday announced a seven-hour stoppage.

Trade union chairman Attila Csorba told MTI news agency that the strike would take place between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (0900 and 1600 GMT) on Saturday. The employees are pushing for a wage rise of up to 18% following an offer of only 7.5%. Ground services staff went on strike for three hours on Tuesday over pay. Inflation has soared in Hungary owing to a government austerity package, and real wages fell 6.4% year-on-year in January, prompting unhappiness amongst workers. Earlier strikes by electricity workers and public sector employees were averted after last-minute deals. (news.monstersandcritics.com)