Trouble Brewing at Dunaferr Steel Works in Hungary
Hungary Today reported that police presence was high in Dunaújváros, about 60 km south of Budapest in Hungary, on Friday night after dozens of people
Hungary Today reported that police presence was high in Dunaújváros, about 60 km south of Budapest in Hungary, on Friday night after dozens of people, appearing to be security personnel, tried to get into Dunaferr steel plant, Hungary’s largest steelworks. As it turned out, the reason for the conflict was a legal dispute between the owners of the Dunaferr Company. According to reports, 50 security personnel in black uniforms appeared in Dunaújváros on Friday night in connection with a dispute between the owners of Dunaferr over who controls the company’s management. Dunaújváros police stepped in to defuse the situation, closing many of the roads stopping and performing background checks on everyone. Dunaferr said that “It had learned a group of mercenaries recruited to represent the interests of the Dunaferr's minority owner Ukrainian Ms Tatyana Taruta had made preparations to occupy the steelworks. A group of men with shaved heads and a militant stance was arrested by the authorities on Friday evening. The management of the steelworks had previously been informed through unofficial channels that the minority ownership had occupied factories in Ukraine using similar methods.”
The two main players of the ownership dispute are the management, whose mandate has expired, appointed by the majority-owner Russian state bank Vnyesekonombank VEB and the Ukrainian minority owners of the steelworks. The faceoff between the Russian and the Ukrainian parties has been escalating for the past year, adding to the woes of the steelworks.
Meanwhile Unions of steelmaker Dunaferr in Dunaújváros, in central Hungary, staged a demonstration demanding that the company should pay employees’ wages and negotiate a new collective agreement, on Friday. The company unilaterally terminated the collective agreement on August 14, has not started talks on a new deal with employees, and has delayed payment of last month’s