Strike halts traffic at Budapest international airport

15:26, 10 December 2008
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Union representatives said...

Traffic at Budapest`s Ferihegy International Airport came to a standstill at 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) Wednesday as workers of two unions including security staff went on strike, the Hungarian News Agency MTI reported, according to Xinhua.

    Hungarian airlines Malev said that five of its flights had departed on schedule early in the morning but it had cancelled later flights for an indefinite period.

    The last plane to take off from the airport was a flight to Milan at 7.49 a.m. (0649 GMT). The terminals are filled with stranded outgoing passengers.

    Two unions, RDSZSZ and LESZ, struck work at 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) Wednesday after negotiations with airport management over terms and conditions of collective contracts broke down Tuesday.

    Union representatives said the strike could last days and warned airport services would be "completely paralyzed."

    The unions are demanding three-year collective contracts and better conditions for working overtime.

    Negotiations between unions and the airport authorities over the collective contracts have been dragging on since June.

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