Wage Union - Don't let Fidesz's appeal to fear fool you!
The liberal left keeps silent about it while the government parties try to shrug it off or even attack the Jobbik-backed European Citizens’ Initiative for a wage union, presenting it as an unrealistic or infeasible project. These were the issues that Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi addressed in his press conference held Saturday morning. “The party’s wage union initiative has launched a historic struggle for higher wages and more competitive Hungarian enterprises,” Mr Gyöngyösi stated.
In his view, the initiative signed by the representatives of eight countries may trigger a social dialogue to ensure that everyone could make ends meet in their own homelands. He blamed the Hungarian governments of the past 27 years for the fact that Hungarian youth must now choose between impoverishment and emigration. Listing the various misconceptions related to the proposal, Mr Gyöngyösi refuted them one after the other. He disproved the statements made by PM Orbán and Fidesz who had claimed that the wage union initiative would transfer certain taxation and wage competencies to Brussels.
He also commented on the ridiculous reaction by Fidesz’ Parliamentary faction spokesman János Halász who had envisioned an influx of migrants coming for the higher wages. Mr Gyöngyösi referred to Speaker of the House László Kövér’s statement that higher wages would make Hungary lose its competitive edge currently enjoyed due to the low wages. Contrary to these false interpretations, what Jobbik wants is to reform the European Union and its cohesion policy. Mr Gyöngyösi added that Hungarian wages could not be raised overnight even after the proposal was accepted and emphasized that such a claim had never been made, either. However, Jobbik does want to accomplish this goal in the mid and long term. The following measures are available to reach this objective:
- give significant tax cuts to Hungarian small and medium enterprises so that they could raise wages;
- use a different approach for the allocation of EU funds: instead of allowing the political parties in government to launch spectacular pre-election projects to make citizens believe the country is developing, these funds should be utilized for increasing wages;
- eliminate corruption, reduce bureaucracy and governmental red tape as indirect measures;
- increase Hungary’s predictability and reliability as a business environment;
- invest into education, training and healthcare in order to improve the intellectual and physical-physiological conditions of Hungarian workers.
In Mr Gyöngyösi’s view, Western Europe would also profit from the elimination of wage tensions that put so much pressure on the EU since the influx of Eastern European professionals creates significant tensions in the western side of the Union, too. He cited Brexit as an example, explaining that the British decision was a certain kind of response to the immigration from Eastern Europe. Jobbik’s MP pointed out that people should not be afraid that multinational companies would leave Hungary because our workers were highly-trained and international enterprises were also going to appreciate a more predictable business environment as well as the rule of law. Mr Gyöngyösi concluded that Hungary’s highly-educated labour force could be a competitive edge.
Alfahír.hu - Jobbik.com