Huawei to step up output at supply centre in Hungary

Budapest, April 14, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is stepping up production at its supply centre in Hungary, Huawei Technologies Hungary managing director Gavin Dai told MTI on Thursday.

The expansion of production and logistics services will make Hungary Huawei’s second-biggest supply centre and one of its most important foreign investments, said Gavin Dai. Outside of China, Huawei operates such a supply centre only in Brazil, he added.

Huawei established its Europe Supply Center (ESC) in Hungary as an experiment in 2009, and now the 20-month test period has been successfully completed. Last year, the centre exported USD 600m of product and this is expected to double in 2011.

The strategic step will “create a large number of jobs in Hungary”, said Gavin Dai.


Union opposes plans to increase teachers’ working hours

Budapest, April 14 (MTI) – Government plans to increase teachers’ working hours by 30 percent would result in thousands losing their jobs, the head of the Democratic Trade Union of Teachers told MTI on Thursday.

The proposal was prepared by the economy ministry without coordination with affected parties, said Laszlo Mendrey. He quoted a study prepared last year which showed that the average number of hours that teachers had to spend in class or preparing for class per week was 51 and added that it would be impossible to increase this any further.

According to the plan, teachers’ wages would remain unchanged, Mendrey said. He added that in contrast, the latest draft the trade union had heard of included a 10 percent decrease in working hours.

The government is expected to discuss the plans on April 20.

The positions of the Ministry of National Resources and the Economy Ministry differ on several issues, including the increase in teachers’ working hours.