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VDSz historic Hungarian Hankook strike settled with major gains

25 March, 2019The longest strike in the 116-year history of the VDSz was settled in the evening of 21 March at Hankook Tire. IndustriALL Global Union’s Hungarian affiliate VDSz negotiated a range of improvements for members after the walkout by 1,700 workers had cut the plant’s production by 75 per cent. The average financial gain achieved in the settlement is 18.5% per employee.

Unions in Hungary protest against “slavery law”

11 December, 201810,000 workers demonstrated in Hungary’s capital Budapest on 8 December, to protest against proposed changes to the labour law, by some critics dubbed a “slavery law”.

Pulp and paper workers unite in Budapest

4 December, 2017Some 120 trade unionists from 24 countries gathered in Budapest, Hungary, for IndustriALL Global Union’s World Conference for the Pulp and Paper Industries, setting an action plan for the next four years. 

Union communicators meet in Budapest

22 June, 2017IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll Europe held a European union communicators’ forum at the headquarters of VDSZ union in Budapest, Hungary.

Hungary: workers put jobs on the line to defend sacked union leader

30 January, 2017Workers at the Richard Fritz car window factory in Aszód, Hungary, braved management threats of dismissal to take part in a demonstration demanding the reinstatement of sacked union leader Edit Kovács.  

Global unions back reinstatement of Hungarian union leader

18 January, 2017IndustriALL Global Union is demanding the reinstatement of a union leader after she was illegally sacked for her trade union activities at an automotive supplier in Hungary.

Hungarian turbine mechanics prepare to strike for fair pay

10 June, 2015Criticizing Granite management for breaking their word and continuing to treat Hungarian workers worse than colleagues elsewhere in the world, the members of VDSZ are preparing strike action at this General Electric subsidiary.

IndustriALL’s new issue of Global Worker out now

19 May, 2015IndustriALL’s fifth edition of Global Worker is out now with a fresh new look. The magazine includes a new set of features, interviews and profiles on a range of different topics from a workers’ perspective.

PROFILE: fighting for rights in Hungary

18 May, 2015The federation of chemical, energy and General Workers of hungary, VDSZ, actively struggles on many fronts for its members. mobilizing and organizing brought gains for VDSZ workers a century ago and continues to do so at multinationals, such as hankook Tyre.

Hungarian workers protest against austerity

19 November, 2014On 17 November, IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Hungarian Metalworkers’ Federation (VASAS), staged a protest in Budapest in front of the Parliament to prevent a new austerity drive.