Hungary: Stop denying air traffic workers their right to strike

5 Aug 2021

The air traffic workers at Hungarian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP)- HungaroControl are currently illegally forbidden to organise any strike.

After the negotiations between HungaroControl trade union and the Hungarian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) had failed, a decision of the Hungarian Appeal Court from 20th of July 2021 clearly confirms their legal right to strike.

But, on the 26th of July, on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hungarian Government published two decrees that contradict the Appeal Courts’ decision. These two decrees not only dismiss the decision of the Hungarian Appeal Court but also violates Article 28 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

These seem to be clear intimidations orchestrated by the Hungarian government against their own air traffic workers and, at the same time, an abusive interference from the Hungarian Government into the provision of the Hungarian air navigation services.

It is inconceivable that such a thing would happen in any of the EU Member States. There is no place for interpretations: collective representation and collective bargaining are basic labour rights that must be equally respected within all 27 EU Member States!

Say NO to this new violation of the rule of law by the Hungarian Government and NO to union busting at HungaroControl air traffic workers!

Sign our LabourStart petition and tell the Hungarian Government to:

  • stop the violation of the rule of law in Hungary;
  • ensure the transport workers’ rights in Hungary are fully respected;
  • restart the social dialogue.


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