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New SZFE Leadership Offers Wage Hike to Employees

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.05.

The new management of Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) has offered all full-time employees a two-step wage hike, comprehensive talks on the university’s future and “impunity” to the organisers of SZFE’s blockade, in an open letter released on Sunday.

The offer is conditional on employees immediately ceasing the strike they started last Thursday, and students stopping the blockade of two university buildings by midnight on October 7, the document signed by acting deputy rector Emil Novák and Chancellor Gábor Szarka said.

Under the offer, full-time employees would receive a ten-percent wage hike in December, and a further 15 percent increase in line with a wage scheme to be introduced from January, 2021.

The “university’s citizenry” would be involved in “comprehensive talks on the university’s future, including planned developments and matters regarding autonomy,” the open letter said.

Further, the signatories “pledge to take no action against employees and students who organised or executed the strike or the blockades between the start of the protests and October 7,” the letter said.

Theater University Students Occupy One More Building in Protest Against Appointing New Vice-rectors
Theater University Students Occupy One More Building in Protest Against Appointing New Vice-rectors

Turbulence around Budapest’s University of Theater and Film Arts’ (SZFE) is escalating further. On the heels of the news that new board of trustees chairman Attila Vidnyánszky unilaterally appointed two vice-rectors, students occupied one more of the university’s buildings last night. What is more, a workers’ strike kicked off today. They confirmed this latest action […]Continue reading

SZFE’s students cordoned off two university buildings last month and employees started a strike in protest against what they have called an infringement on the university’s independence.

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”.

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