Jun. 21, 2016 (May 2016) The BDDSz childcare workers' union (one of EPSU's newest affiliates) secured an important legal victory at the end of May. Following strike action earlier this year, the legality of the strike had been challenged by the government which had argued that the union should have provided a minimum level of service. The legal challenge went throught the whole legal process and the highest court ruled in favour of the union saying that the nature of the service did not require the minimum service. Read more at BDDSz (HU).
May. 04, 2016 (May 2016) On 20 April the BDDSz childcare workers' union, one of EPSU's newest affiliates, took strike action along with other unions in the social services sector. After two and a half years of negotiations, the unions decided to resort to industrial action to try to make progress with their claims for an increase in pay and to improve working time arrangements. Average salaries in the social services sector are 35% below the average for the economy as a whole, clearly justifying the 20% pay claim. EPSU sent a message of solidarity. Read more at EPSU and at BDDSz (HU)
Feb. 19, 2016 Thousands of workers from across different parts of the public sector joined a national protest in Budapest on 13 February. Cuts to services and low pay were the main focus of the demonstration along with government education policy. The KKDSZ culture workers took part, highlighting again the poverty wages for many of their members. The BBDSZ childcare workers also supported the rally, urging action to prevent more skilled workers leaving the country.Read more at > Budapest Beacon news website (EN)-> http://budapestbeacon.com/public-policy/our-patience-has-run-out-say-hungarian-teachers-students-and-parents-alike/32114][And at > KKDSZ (HU)And at > BDDSZ (HU)
Jan. 28, 2016 The KKDSZ culture workers union has been organising a series of actions and protests across the country to support its campaign for a pay increase and to highlighting the extent to which culture workers have been undervalued. The union has been trying all kinds of actions to raise the profile of its campaign and in Budapest it was joined by Eddy Stam of the FNV who is currently working with EPSU to support organising initiatives across Central and Eastern Europe. The KKDSZ website contains many photos of the Budapest protest and the other actions around the country.Read more at > KKDSZ (HU)And at > EPSU (EN)
Jan. 23, 2015 While public sector workers in general have seen a pay freeze lasting five years, culture workers have been hit even harder with no increase since 2002 and a third of jobs in the sector cut since 2008. The KKDSZ culture workers' union organised demonstrations across the country on 20 January supported by many other trade union organisations. The EPSU collective bargaining conference expressed its solidarity with the KKDSZ representative who presented the union's case to participants. Read more at > EPSU (EN)And at > KKDSZ (HU)
Dec. 17, 2014 Public service unions took to the streets on 6 December with a clear message demanding a 5% pay increase or HUF 10000 (€32). It has been six years since the last salary increase, leaving public sector workers 30% worse off in real terms. The government’s proposed budget for 2015 clearly shows that it is not considering a change in policy. The unions are calling for proper social dialogue and for a staged increase in wages over the next three years just to recoup the decline in purchasing power since 2008. Read more at > KDSZSZ (HU)And at > EPSU
Feb. 28, 2014 The KKDSZ cultural workers' trade union was one of 28 public sector unions that organised a day-long demonstration outside parliament on 21 February. The unions are angry that there has been no public sector pay increase for six years, that workers have lost their 13th month payment and that changes to employment rights mean that civil servants can be easily dismissed at short notice. After substantial cuts in jobs many workers are also having to work long hours without overtime pay to maintain services. The unions are calling for a 20% pay increase.Read more at > KKDSZ (EN)
Jan. 25, 2012 The KKDSZ trade union, representing workers in museums, libraries and other cultural institutions is organising a demonstration on 22nd January, traditionally the Day of Hungarian Culture, to coincide with the presentation of awards by the Minister of Culture. The aim of the protest is to highlight the impact of cuts on the culture sector which have included laying off 20% of the workforce since January. The county museums and libraries have become state-owned without any negotiations with trade unions and subsidies have been reduced from their already low level.
Sep. 15, 2011 ETUC general secretary Bernadette Ségol and the presidents of the six Hungarian trade union confederations have met with Employment Commission Andor to express their serious concerns about proposals to change the Labour Code. The changes pose a threat to trade union recognition, the rights of trade union representatives and the protection of pregnant workers against dismissal. The ETUC points out that such changes clearly conflict with European Union standards for social dialogue and the provisions of the fundamental charter of social rights.Read more at > ETUC (EN) And in French at > CES
May. 06, 2011 Thousands of firefighters, police officers, soldiers and customs officers took part in a national demonstration in Budapest on 16 April in protest against the government’s continuing austerity measures. A key focus of the action was to defend pension rights but unions are also calling for wage increases after a lengthy period of pay freezes. Read more at > Reuters news website (EN)
Aug. 17, 2010 The EWCO working conditions observatory reports that women working in the public sector now have the right to work part time when going back to work after having a baby up until the child reaches three years of age. Until now part time work in Hungary has been much more limited than in other countries. Read more at > EWCO (EN)
Feb. 07, 2007 Unions in the electricity are taking strike action against government proposals to end the arrangement that entitled them to cheaper electricity. The unions argue that the cuts will not just cause hardship for those at work but risk pushing those who have retired from the industry into poverty. Support for the action is up to 95% in some areas. EPSU has sent a message of support and called on the Hungarian prime minister to intervene and resolve the matter.Read more at > EPSU (EN)
Dec. 07, 2006 The EIRO industrial relations observatory reports that major changes to legislation have meant that it will now be easier for the government to implement job cuts in the public sector. It will also mean that public service workers will lose severance pay if they obtain another job before the end of the notice period.Read more at > EIRO (EN)
Apr. 01, 2006 After the threat of strike action employers in the electricity industry agreed a 4.5% pay increase for 2006. Although ahead of inflation (currently around 2%) the deal acknowledges high productivity growth of around 10%. The deal also includes a minimum monthly salary for the industry of 63,500 HUF (240 euros).