Budapest Court Rules Film, Drama University Staff Strike Unlawful


A Budapest court has declared a strike by staff members of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) unlawful, the Theatre and Film Foundation, which oversees the university, and the institution’s new leadership said.

In a joint statement, the foundation and the new leadership noted that the institution’s strike committee had compiled a list of eight demands of which two had been met by SZFE’s leaders. The university’s leadership has offered employees a phased 10-15% pay rise and has agreed to maintain their current working schedule, they said. In its first-instance ruling, the Budapest Municipal Court ruled the strike organised by SZFE employees based on their remaining six demands unlawful, the statement said.

It also cited the court as saying that employees had begun the strike before the deadline for mandatory talks required by law with the university’s leadership had expired. The foundation called on those participating in the strike to resume work under the management of the new leadership. SZFE’s previous senate and leadership announced their resignation on Aug. 31, saying the foundation that took over the university on Sept. 1 under a government decree had deprived them of “all essential powers”. The students cordoned off the university’s main building and employees went on strike.


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