Jobbik: Promote SME sector to help pay higher salaries

Jobbik urges to reinforce Hungarian small and medium enterprises so that they could pay higher wages to their workers. The party considers this agenda as part of their initiative for a European wage union. János Volner says the wage union concept aims to reinforce the foundations of the economy so that Hungary could put out products with higher added value. As he explained, this is the way to achieve higher wages for Hungarian workers.

“The announced measures lay the foundations for the wage union project,” Jobbik’s parliamentary faction leader stated in his Budapest press conference on Wednesday. Mr Volner said they would break up the huge government tenders into smaller segments to prevent “government-friendly” oligarchs and their foreign partners from winning all major projects, and to enable smaller enterprises to directly contract with the state. As he explained, the reason why he suggested this move was because small enterprises were the last to get paid for their work.

Jobbik’s politician also proposed that companies should be allowed to register their employees online. “Hungarian authorities need to switch to 21st-century operation mode,” he noted. Mr Volner also urged that online cash registers should be equipped with a free data transmission link and the National Tax and Customs Authority should provide online billing options for companies. The politician pointed out that Jobbik was going to allocate a significant share of EU funds to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

“Strabag and some other multinational companies have never raked in so much income as they do now, while smaller companies don’t even have hopes for any of these funds,” he added. The faction leader suggested to reform the public procurement system to improve the chances of SMEs as well as to set up a governmental project management organization to help smaller local enterprises get involved in public procurement tenders.

Jobbik is also planning a programme similar to the Hungarian National Bank’s (MNB) existing growth loan programme, but the new one would target small enterprises and involve new loans. Explaining why Jobbik would change MNB’s system, Mr Volner said the bank had only allocated 18 bn HUF of the total 701 bn to smaller enterprises in the first two phases of the programme.


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