Gyöngyösi: Low wages make Hungary a slave society

Jobbik’s foreign policy specialist Márton Gyöngyösi held a press conference to inform the public about his joint visit with President Gábor Vona to Poland to discuss the wage union issue with their local allies. The politician also talked about how Jobbik would reform the V4 alliance.

PM Viktor Orbán recently visited Warsaw to take over the Presidency-in-Office of the V4 cooperation and identified migration as the most important matter for this alliance. Mr Gyöngyösi explained that the PM’s opinion proved how Fidesz lacked any long-term vision for this cooperation as low wages and the consequent emigration of our professionals were indeed a much more important matter.

Early this week, Mr Gyöngyösi and Mr Vona also went to Poland’s capital where they met the representatives of Solidarity80 trade union, a supporter of the wage union project. The politician told the media that they had discussed the upcoming tasks and the details related to collecting the statements of support from citizens. As he put it, this visit was no displacement activity or success-mongering; their goal was to promote the interest of the Hungarian people.

The V4 alliance must be reformed

Outlining his vision on the future of the V4 alliance, Jobbik’s foreign policy specialist said reforms were needed. The Hungarian Presidency’s priority should be to eliminate European wage inequalities and expand social discussion rather than to focus on migration.

In Mr Gyöngyösi’s view, the alliance should be enhanced from a purely governmental level to a Parliamentary dimension to ensure a wider representation of the people. The V4 alliance also needs to be enlarged to involve all 11 Eastern Central European countries.

In response to a question from the media, the MP asserted Jobbik welcomed Fidesz’ measures to reduce the wage gap even though they were clearly introduced after Jobbik had raised the wage issue into the public discourse. However, Hungary can still be called a slave society as wages are below the subsistence level at many places, especially for public service workers, he said.

Mr Gyöngyösi concluded that the government’s wage increase measures were just introduced for the purposes of the election campaign while structural changes had not been implemented in the Hungarian economy. In other words, the government’s economic policy still favours employers, that is why the cabinet keeps making strategic alliances with various multinational companies, he added.


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