13 November 2002
On 30 October 2002, having failed to reach an agreement with management, the Association of Hungarian Flight Attendants (Magyar Légi-utaskísérők Egyesülete, Hunacca) called a strike, to begin at midnight on 3 November, at Malév, the Hungarian national airline. Some 85% of Malév’s 400 flight attendants are organised by Hunacca and, according to the trade union's president, 80% of the attendants supported the industrial action. The strike was called with the aim of obtaining an increase in the 'per diem' allowance paid to flight attendants for time spent away from home after flight hours.
13 November 2002
IBM, the US-based information technology multinational, announced on 22 October 2002 that it would close its Hungarian hard-disk manufacturing facility, located in Székesfehérvár, employing 3,700 people. The plant was Hungary's sixth-largest company in terms of annual turnover and operating profit in 2001.
28 October 2002
In 2001, the then right-wing government introduced a major amendment of the Hungarian Labour Code (as originally adopted by Act XXII 1992). This amendment was an effort to harmonise Hungarian labour law with the 'acquis communautaire'- the body of European Union law that candidate countries must adopt - and transpose nine EU Directives into the Labour Code. The amendment increased the rights of employees and offered new guarantees for them in various fields. The incorporation of EU Council Directive 93/104/EC on certain aspects of the organisation of working time  (the 'working time Directive') and the resulting 'reregulation' of the working time section of the Labour Code, however, became an issue of sharp debates between the government and trade unions. Trade unions claimed that the government intended to flexibilise the regulation of working time and to reduce wage costs by rendering various compensation schemes practically redundant under the pretext of adoption of the working time Directive. The unions, launching a major protest campaign, demanded the withdrawal of those elements of the proposed bill which would be detrimental to employees.  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31993L0104&model=guichett
28 August 2002
An 'incomes policy package' issued by the new coalition government of the Hungarian Socialist Party  (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP) and liberal Alliance of Free Democrats  (Szabad Demokraták Szövetsége, SZDSZ) has, among other measures, increased public service employees’ pay by an average of 50% from 1 September 2002 (HU0207102F ). The government decision on the new wage scale for public employees and on securing the appropriate budgetary resources was preceded by background negotiations between the new government and public sector trade unions. Negotiations between the government and public sector unions continued after the parliamentary approval of the wage increase - first at national level and then within different ministries responsible for various public services. By late August 2002, eight sectoral and subsectoral agreements on the distribution of the available extra resources for pay had been signed between the respective ministries and their partner trade union federations.  http://www.mszp.hu/  http://www.szdsz.hu/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-government-increases-public-sector-pay-and-low-wage-earners-income
29 July 2002
Following parliamentary elections held in April 2002, the victorious Hungarian Socialist Party  (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP) formed a coalition government with the liberal Alliance of Free Democrats  (Szabad Demokraták Szövetsége, SZDSZ). The MSZP campaign programme promised comprehensive incomes policy measures within the first 100-day period following an election victory, and it has duly issued a package of such measures. This package has been passed by parliament and will come into force on 1 September 2002.  http://www.mszp.hu/  http://www.szdsz.hu/
01 July 2002
In the parliamentary elections hold in April 2002, the conservative right-wing coalition government led by Viktor Orbán was defeated and the victorious Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP ) is now forming a coalition government with the liberal Alliance of Free Democrats (Szabad Demokraták Szövetsége, SZDSZ ). The MSZP campaign programme promised a comprehensive reform of the Hungarian industrial relations system, which, in part, will revoke almost all of the controversial decisions taken by the previous right-wing government in order to tear apart the web of 'neocorporatist'-style institutions set up in the wake of democratic institution-building in the 1990s.  http://www.mszp.hu/  http://www.szdsz.hu/