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Public transport strike disrupts Budapest bus, tram and commuter-rail traffic

A strike begun at 12 a.m. on Tuesday on the part of workers from the Budapest public-transport company BKV has caused significant disruptions to bus, tram and commuter-railway traffic in the city on Tuesday morning.

BKV announced that about 200 buses are running on 25 of the 200 bus lines in the city, noting that subcontractors are operating about 70% of the buses.

The strike has also caused disruption to tram and commuter-railway traffic in Budapest, though the Metro underground and trolleybuses are running according to schedule.

Unions representing BKV employees launched the strike at midnight following the failure of talks with company management regarding conclusion of a new collective agreement.

VDSzSz railway union chief István Gaskó told MTI on Monday that the union would initiate a solidarity strike to coincide with BKV's work-stoppage. Gaskó said on Tuesday morning that the union would announce the strike 12 hours before it begins. (MTI-Econews)