Budapest, July 20 (MTI) – The government must respond to staff shortages and wage demands at the long-distance bus company Volan or the services may stop, a trade union said.

The merger of Volan with national railways MAV, as flagged by government office chief Janos Lazar earlier, is not a solution to these problems, the KKSZ said in a statement on Monday.

Volan companies currently employ 18,000 people but more staff would be needed. KKSZ noted that the government’s goal was to create competitive situation at regional transport centres by the planned market liberalisation on Jan. 1. 2017. The sector needs 1,200 new buses, too, but no steps have been taken in this direction as of yet, the union said.


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