Engineers, bus drivers to strike on June 29

Budapest, June 9 (MTI) – Engine drivers of the Hungarian railways and drivers of Budapest’s public transport company BKV will hold a warning strike on June 29 and July 7 in protest against recent restrictions on early retirement.  

Laszlo Kiss, head of the Trade Union of Engineers, announced at a demonstration in front of Parliament on Thursday that his organisation would go on strike between 9 am to 11 am on both days, unless talks with the government are successful.


Bus, tram, trolleybus, metro and local train drivers in Budapest will hold a two-hour strike on the same days, but earlier in the morning, Attila Gulyas, head of the trade union of drivers in metropolitan transportation, said.


Bus drivers of coach companies in southern Hungary will also hold a strike at the same time with the engineers.


The unions joined the protest of law enforcement and fire services unions against the government’s move passed earlier this week to scrap or restrict access to early retirement. The government has proposed that employees may retire early but must pay tax on their entitlements, and will not fully qualify for tax-free pensions until they reach the mandatory retirement age, which is currently 62 to 65 years, depending on the year of birth.

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