The local unit of UK supermarket chain Tesco said on Friday that six of its megastores and several smaller shops had to be closed because a strike by its retail workers had made high-standard services impossible.
Csaba Bubenko, head of the Independent Union of Retail Employees (KDFSZ), said that services are heavily disrupted in a number of locations, such as the megastores in Győr and Komárom, both in northwest Hungary.
Tesco has 206 stores in Hungary, 112 of which are megastores.
Unions called for a nationwide strike after their demands of a 25 percent wage hike and 15 percent staff boost were not met on Monday.
Workers will lay down work from 4pm till midnight on Friday and from 10am till midnight on Saturday, Bubenko announced shortly before the start of the strike.
As we wrote, employees demand trade unions not to accept any compromises. Another discussion was held with the strike committees at Tesco. The topic of the debate is the time and the way of the first national walkout in the units of the multinational market chain. Recruiting and preparing contact persons is in progress. The employees all agree that trade unions shall not accept any compromises.