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MÁV workers prepare for Friday strike

On Friday workers railway company MÁV Zrt will go on a one-hour strike all over the country.

The strike is organized by the five big trade unions. Szilárd Karácsony, deputy chairman of Railway Employees’ Trade Union, blames the PM, the Economy and Transportation Ministry and the Health Care Ministry for not starting negotiations. The trade unions had written letters protesting the planned measures against the hospitals owned by MÁV Zrt. Railway health care as such would disappear, which is unacceptable, Karácsony said.

If the strike on Friday does not prove fruitful, the trade unions will call for an unlimited strike on 6 February. Besides, the schedule reform disappointed both passengers and the government and freight company MÁV Cargo Zrt. Passengers find that trains tend to miss the connections, the government is unhappy that the growing costs will not bring a growing traffic, and MÁV Cargo resents that the engines they need are busy pulling passenger trains. (Népszabadság)