Tesco Hungary’s payroll staff strike over proposed downsizing Tesco Hungary’s payroll staff strike over proposed downsizing

Tesco Hungary’s payroll staff strike over proposed downsizing
12 Feb 2019

Nearly 17,500 Tesco employees in Hungary have not received their January salary after payroll staff who face losing their jobs announced an indefinite strike.

Tesco Global Áruházak Zrt and the employees of the Győr payroll office have been unable to arrive at a compromise over the proposed downsizing of the payroll and accounting department.

The strike has meant that Tesco employees have not yet received their January salaries and social security benefits and the retailer is unable to report the hiring of new employees or tax returns to the tax office in a timely fashion.

President of the Independent Union of Trade Workers (KDFSZ) and organiser of the national Tesco strike of 2017, Csaba Bubenkó, stressed that the action was not meant to harm Tesco’s employees and added that the union has been negotiating with company representatives.

Tesco, he said, had made an offer in response to the payroll professionals’ original demands, which failed to meet their expectations. The employees scheduled to lose their jobs between 14 June and 19 July would like to arrange their own departure and decide how it will be carried out.

Hungary Today reported that the strikers have also asked the retailer to exempt them from work during their entire notice period and to take the principle of equal treatment into account. According to Magyar Nemzet, Tesco’s other employees support the payroll professionals who are set to lose their jobs.

Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC

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Nearly 17,500 Tesco employees in Hungary have not received their January salary after payroll staff who face losing their jobs announced an indefinite strike.

Tesco Global Áruházak Zrt and the employees of the Győr payroll office have been unable to arrive at a compromise over the proposed downsizing of the payroll and accounting department.

The strike has meant that Tesco employees have not yet received their January salaries and social security benefits and the retailer is unable to report the hiring of new employees or tax returns to the tax office in a timely fashion.

President of the Independent Union of Trade Workers (KDFSZ) and organiser of the national Tesco strike of 2017, Csaba Bubenkó, stressed that the action was not meant to harm Tesco’s employees and added that the union has been negotiating with company representatives.

Tesco, he said, had made an offer in response to the payroll professionals’ original demands, which failed to meet their expectations. The employees scheduled to lose their jobs between 14 June and 19 July would like to arrange their own departure and decide how it will be carried out.

Hungary Today reported that the strikers have also asked the retailer to exempt them from work during their entire notice period and to take the principle of equal treatment into account. According to Magyar Nemzet, Tesco’s other employees support the payroll professionals who are set to lose their jobs.

Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC

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