28 June 2009
The public transport sector has experienced a number of strikes in recent months. In addition to railway workers resuming their strike, employees of the Budapest Transport Company (Budapesti Közlekedési Vállalat, BKV ) issued a strike call and a series of work stoppages paralysed Budapest Airport. Public sector trade unions also became active when it was announced that their annual bonus payment was to be cut. This wave of industrial action and the subsequent debate is outlined in more detail below.  http://www.bkv.hu/
17 June 2009
In October 2008, Hungary was strongly hit by the financial crisis due to the country’s level of indebtedness – including high-level debts amassed by the population, mainly in Swiss Franc, and the sudden collapse of consumer demand. The popularity of the Swiss Franc denominated loans was partly due to the monetary policy of the Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank, MNB ), which maintained relatively high base interest rates of the Hungarian Forint (national currency) for a while, so that the foreign currency-based mortgages and other consumer loans were cheaper.  http://www.mnb.hu/
22 February 2009
Markhot Ferenc Kórház Hospital  in the northern city of Eger was established in the 1950s and serves some 300,000 people in the city and its agglomeration today. Due to its importance, the hospital was under the governance of the municipality of Heves county. The hospital received its last major public money infusion in the framework of the hospital renovation programme in 2004. Currently, the hospital generates an annual revenue of HUF 6 billion (€20.2 million as at 13 February 2009), almost exclusively funded by the National Health Insurance Fund (Országos Egészségbiztosítási Pénztár, OEP ).  http://www.mfkh.hu/  http://www.mfkh.hu/
22 February 2009
So far, in Hungary, two national summits have been held in the shadow of the global credit crunch and economic recession, which focused mainly on national monetary, fiscal and economic policy (*HU0901019I* ). In addition, the Ministry of National Development and Economy (Nemzeti Fejlesztési és Gazdasági Minisztérium, NFGM ) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (Szociális és Munkaügyi Minisztérium, SZMM ) have jointly presented a package of measures aiming to tackle the labour market impact of the global economic crisis. The proposals were put forward at a meeting of the National Interest Reconciliation Council (Országos Érdekegyeztető Tanács, OÉT) on 13 November 2008. Prior to that, officers at SZMM also consulted with labour market experts in the Labour Studies Committee (Munkatudományi Bizottság) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, MTA ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/series-of-national-summits-called-to-tackle-economic-crisis  http://www.nfgm.gov.hu/  http://www.szmm.gov.hu/  http://www.mta.hu/
07 December 2008
An EU PHARE  project, launched in June 2002, sought to address one of the biggest shortcomings of the Hungarian industrial relations system: the lack of proper social dialogue  at sectoral level. The project aimed to establish bipartite sectoral social dialogue committees (Ágazati Párbeszéd Bizottságok) in 18 industries in Hungary. These committees seek to provide appropriate forums for consultation on sectoral policies, to facilitate collective bargaining  and to enable the Hungarian social partners to play an active role in EU-level sectoral social dialogue (*HU0212106F* ).  http://europa.eu/scadplus/leg/en/lvb/e50004.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/social-dialogue  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/collective-bargaining  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/project-seeks-to-strengthen-autonomous-social-dialogue-at-sector-level
13 November 2008
The idea of an economic consultative forum was put forward by the Minister for National Development and Economy, Gordon Bajnai, during an economic forum of the governing Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP ) in June 2008. At the government session of 25 July, the government accepted the minister’s proposal and established the new consultative forum. Meanwhile, the government withdrew the mandate of two previous reconciliation forums: the Council of Business Development (Vállalkozásfejlesztési Tanács, VFT) and the Council of Competitiveness (Versenyképességi Tanács, VT).  http://www.mszp.hu/
16 October 2008
MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company is a leading integrated oil and gas group in Central and Eastern Europe and, in terms of sales revenues, the largest company in Hungary. This case study is based on interviews carried out in Hungary and Slovakia in April 2006 with HR management representatives and EWC members in both countries. The MOL EWC was established as a new-cross national/country employee representative body on 17 June 2004 by the EWC agreement concluded between MOL Central Management (CM) and the Special Negotiations Body (SNB).
15 October 2008
The joint stock-company General Motors (GM), with its headquarters in Detroit, is the world’s largest automotive group, with nearly 9.2 million vehicles sold around the world in 2005. This case study is based on interviews undertaken with national delegates of the General Motors EWC/GME European Employee Forum (EEF) and with local trade union representatives in Poland and Hungary, and, in addition, with an EWC deputy member from Poland. The interviews were carried out between February and July 2006. The EWC, which is known as GME European Employee Forum (EEF), was established by a voluntary agreement in 1996.
15 October 2008
The Bosch group, with headquarters in Stuttgart, is one of the world’s largest private industrial corporations and a major supplier in the field of automotive and industrial technology, as well as of consumer goods and building technology. This case study is based on interviews carried out in the Czech Republic and Hungary between March and June 2006 with EWC delegates, as well as with a senior HR management representative (Hungary) and a local works council chairman (Hungary). Additional information was delivered by the Bosch EWC Secretariat in Germany. The Bosch EWC was established in 1998.
15 October 2008
The Sanofi-Aventis group was formally established on 1 January 2005 as a result of the takeover of Aventis by the Sanofi-Synthélabo group in 2004. This case study is based on interviews carried out in Hungary and Poland between March and June 2006 with HR management representatives and EWC members in both countries. An expert interview was also carried out with a representative of the Sanofi-Aventis EWC Secretariat in Paris, which delivered additional information for the case study. The joint Sanofi-Aventis EWC was created in 2004.