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The Budapest appeals court on Wednesday ordered the renewal of a court procedure on a strike of employees at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) in Budapest.

Employees of the university have been on strike since October 1, and students blockaded university buildings since September in protest against a new leadership, which they see as illegitimate. The blockade was stopped on Tuesday, in compliance with new restrictions against the coronavirus epidemic.

In its first instance ruling, the Budapest court said the strike was unlawful, a decision the employees appealed.

The foundation, which took over the leadership of the university in the summer, said earlier that the foundation had met two of the eight requests the strike committee had submitted. “Another request to return to the previous work schedule has also been fulfilled, and the court declared the remaining points unlawful,” the foundation said.

After 71 Days, Theater Uni Blockade Ends Due to New Coronavirus Restrictions
After 71 Days, Theater Uni Blockade Ends Due to New Coronavirus Restrictions

Students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) were forced to give up their barricade of the institution’s main campus yesterday due to Hungary’s new coronavirus restrictions. As what can now only be described as the SZFE movement is put on the backburner, we examine how it unfolded over the past months. Due […]Continue reading

The strikers have also demanded that the “modell shift” at the university should be discontinued altogether.

featured image illustration by SZFE Student Union’s Facebook page