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Public-transport strike continues, railway solidarity-strike ends

A strike on the part of workers from the Budapest public-transport company BKV continued to disrupt bus and tram traffic in the city on Thursday morning, while the VDSzSz railway union's four-hour solidarity strike concluded after causing only minor interruptions to rail traffic in Hungary.

Buses were circulating on 31 of 200 BKV bus-lines in Budapest on Thursday morning, while trams were running on 4 lines in the city. BKV underground and trolleybus traffic was running on schedule on Thursday morning.

BKV workers began their strike at 12 a.m. on Tuesday following the failure of talks between unions representing them and BKV management regarding the conclusion of a new collective agreement.

The VDSzSz railway union's four-hour solidarity strike ended at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Hungarian state-owned railway MÁV said that the strike had caused only minor disruptions to the circulation of the company's regularly scheduled trains.

Officials from the Budapest Municipality Traffic Information Centre (Fővinform) told MTI that the strikes had produced a significant increase in vehicle-traffic congestion in Budapest on Thursday morning. (MTI-Econews)