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Hungary: Union suspends rail strike for Christmas - update

  Officials from state-owned railway company MÁV expect 80% of domestic trains to be running on schedule again by Tuesday afternoon after the VDSzSz railway union suspended its national strike from Monday midnight.  


MÁV Spokesman Imre Kavalecz told MTI on Tuesday morning that train service will run according to its regular schedule on Wednesday and according to an extended holiday schedule between December 25 and December 27 as well as between January 1 and January 3. That international railway traffic should be circulating smoothly by Tuesday afternoon, he added.

VDSzSz Chairman István Gaskó announced on Monday evening that the union had suspended its strike begun on December 14, but had not budged on its demand that MÁV employees receive HUF 250,000 each, or a combined HUF 8 billion, from the HUF 102.5 billion in revenue generated from the sale of MÁV Cargo, MÁV’s spun-off freight unit, and a retroactive 10% in outsourcing compensation.

Representatives from MÁV and VDSzSz are scheduled to resume negotiations at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. (MTI-Eco)