August 1st, 2017

Five parties join referendum drive on salary cap for state-owned company leaders

Representatives of five opposition parties held a press conference in support of a referendum initiative aimed to put a cap on the salaries of state company managers. The referendum was proposed by Gábor Vágó, former politician of the green LMP party, to seek public support for changes under which the remuneration of leaders of state- and municipally owned companies could not exceed that of the president of the republic. The initiative is supported by the Socialist, LMP, Dialogue, Együtt and the satirical Two-tailed Dog parties.

Vágó said that trade unions, civil organisations and private individuals have also joined the signature drive to collect several hundred thousand signatures and demonstrate that the government can be toppled through a referendum. Socialist leader Gyula Molnár said this referendum could be symbolic and break the myth that Fidesz cannot be replaced and the country is beyond repair.

Dialogue’s Gergely Karácsony said that the proposed referendum could be a prelude to an election victory next year, and highlighted the importance of cooperation between parties of the opposition. Péter Juhász of Együtt slammed the government for degrading state-owned companies into cash points, with some of their top managers earning over 5 million forints (EUR 16,400) a month compared to the president’s 1.5 million forints. Speaking on behalf of Kétfarkú Kutya, Zsuzsanna Döme said that her party’s “passivists” are also helping with collecting signatures.

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  • Zeb

    It would be interesting to know the total value of the President’s remuneration package and not only his take home pay/salary. The Sándor Palota is his official residence. What is the value of that to him? Pension contributions? A monthly number is an oversimplification.

    • wolfi

      I’m sure that state company managers have similar packages – starting with their nice BMW SUVs etc and programs to buy shares cheap etc …
      But transparency is a foreign word for Fidesz – just look at the number of off shore companies involved in all Fidesz deals.

      And NGOs like Transparency International are on the “to be destroyed at any cost!” list of Orbanistan!

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