Jobbik coordinates with worker unions

The opposition party invited trade unions to conduct a debate on the six demands of the manifesto that they wanted to discuss with national workers’ organizations. Talking about ideal societies with proper appreciation of labourers, Jobbik’s president Tamás Sneider praised the social state structure developed in the Scandinavian countries, for example. He noted that such a social structure would never have been possible without strong representation by trade unions. This is the reason why those countries could develop a competitive social market economy, he explained. According to the party president, in Hungary’s case it remained nothing but an empty promise that was fed to the workers 30 years ago. He expressed his view that political parties, once they get into government, must live by the fundamental premise that the economy is for the people and not the other way round.

Mr Sneider concluded that unions should be given substantial funds to protect labourers and allowed to provide further training and education courses on their own. Jobbik’s vice president Balázs Ander noted that the upcoming period was going to reveal which political actors use the workers’ cause just for their own political gains and which are the ones who truly want to help unions solve their problems. These are the reasons why the party proposed an action plan with 6 demands. To illustrate how big a problem it is that men are not allowed to retire after 40 years of employment, the MP noted that 60% of them did not live until their retirement age.

The demands are:
Let men retire after 40 years of employment, too (this option is already available for women);
Restore the system of early retirement schemes;
Discuss potential amendments to the Labour Code and review the injustices in terms of strike action regulations;
Reinforce labour safety inspection organizations in response to the increasing number of occupational accidents;
Implement a Wage Union to eliminate the EU’s east-west pay gap;
Eliminate the existing wage inequalities affecting Hungary’s national and local government employees.

According to Solidarity Bus Transport Workers’ Union president István Dobi, the biggest problem is that several union leaders have clearly become corruptible over the past decades, which has led to workers losing their confidence in them so they no longer believe in conventional union representation.

The leader of the Locomotive Engine Workers’ Union said there was no democracy without a sufficient strike law so it should be sorted out as soon as possible. Several union leaders criticized the government for completely stopping the dialogue with workers’ unions, and stated it was the reason why so many members had left these organizations. Jobbik will likely conduct further discussions with the trade unions in the next weeks.


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