János Lázár, the minister of construction and transport, has revealed that a “historic” three-year wage agreement was signed on Tuesday with trade unions of the MÁV-VOLÁN group of railway and national bus companies.
Minister Lázár said on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon that all nine trade unions of MÁV-VOLÁN employees have approved the deal before midnight after Solidarity, the trade union for bus employees, which had organised a strike for Volánbusz workers, also signed the agreement. He said earlier in the day that Volánbusz employees will get at least 28.4% higher wages in three years, of which 17%, at least 70,000 forints, will be paid this year. Bus drivers will get an over 20% wage increase this year and a legal guarantee for above-inflation wage increase in the future, he added. Lázár said the nine signatures were what was needed “to ensure that all of the group’s employees receive the increased wages from January”.