July 11th, 2017

Wage equality urged for public sector workers by local councils

The head of Hungary’s National Association of Local Councils (TÖOSZ) pressed for an agreement with the central government on wage top ups for public sector workers in municipalities that cannot cover higher payroll costs. In an interview published in Magyar Idők, Jenő Schmidt said: “I’m certain that negotiations will continue and a solution will be found … there is no other option. The elections can’t be run while there’s such a discrepancy in public sector pay.” Schmidt said the chances of reaching a wage agreement had been increased by a deal already reached with Treasury on pay rises. A top-up for local councils that cannot increase the wages of staff from their own resources would cost the central government 25-30 billion forints (EUR 80-97.4 million) per year, he said.

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  • In an interview published in Magyar Idők, Jenő Schmidt said: “…The elections can’t be run while there’s such a discrepancy in public sector pay…”

    Yes, just proves that before an Election the Public Sector Workers (who are comparable many in Hungary) needs a pay rise so they will vote with their wallets…while Private Sector Workers either moved abroad (and de facto hindered by Fidesz to vote (the vote mostly against Fidesz anyway, so not so interesting) or working for Hungarian companies who only survives if they can make contracts with the Fidesz regime, hence they tend to vote for Fidesz.
    Left are the workers employed by Multi-National companies, but they are getting fewer and fewer and also most likely are not voting for Fidesz.

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