Jobbik says slavery law madness can be stopped at the Constitutional Court or even the Presidential Palace

The slavery law was passed by the Parliament’s pro-government majority on Wednesday but the “voluntary overtime work” will not be obligatory for employees at once – the Constitutional Court and President of the Republic János Áder may still stop the legislation. In his press conference held on Tuesday, Dániel Z. Kárpát noted that “the disgrace about to happen in Parliament smells like high treason” and would cost human lives. In his view, the government has rambled on “thin ice” because “it will be the crowd of Hungarian workers, rather than opposition politicians, who will turn the tables on them”.

According to Jobbik’s vice president, Lajos Kósa’s bill is clearly unconstitutional as Article XVII of the Fundamental Law states that “every employee shall have the right to working conditions which respect his or her health, safety and dignity” and “to daily and weekly rest periods and to an annual period of paid leave”. However, having to work overtime would further increase the number of accidents at the workplace. The politician of the largest opposition party said he knew that Fidesz MPs were going to support their party’s slavery bill on Wednesday but even if it got passed in Parliament, Jobbik was going to turn to the Constitutional Court to review the act and establish that it was in violation of Hungary’s Fundamental Law.

“This madness can be stopped even at the President’s palace,” he added. As potential solutions, Dániel Z. Kárpát recommmended the introduction of an industrial minimum based on a 5-party consensus and a real consultation with the affected workers, i.e., their representative trade unions. Recalling an earlier demand voiced by his party, the politician suggested the government to review its strategic agreements with multinational corporations and oblige these companies to raise wages slowly but surely.

In order for that to happen however, Mr Z. Kárpát said, the slavery act, which he called a “codification garbage”, must first be withdrawn. Finally, he said that his party was going to give a priority to the struggle against the bill over any other matter in the next few days.

In response to a question from the media, he emphasized Jobbik would go to any length in order to stop the government’s cynicism “because the Orbán administration’s mad steps just lead to Hungary being emptied even more and struck by a growing demographic disaster,” he said, explaining that the slavery act might intensify the emigration of Hungarian workers. “You can think whatever you want,” he reacted when we asked him to explain what he meant when he said the bill could still be stopped at the Presidential Palace. Then he added that Jobbik would obviously not lie idly by while the legislation is adopted.

“But demonstrations and street protests are not the prerogative of opposition parties. It’s the crowd representing the entire spectrum of Hungarian workers that will achieve justice in the streets,” he said. According to the MP, the government can indeed be made to back down in this matter, just like it did in the case of the Internet tax and the Sunday closure of stores. It would be the joke of the world if the President of the Republic signed the amendment of the labour act into law, he added. Mr Z. Kárpát declined to comment on the activity of political rivals in any way, including the fact that the MPs of Our Home Movement were the only opposition representatives not to demonstrate with their absence against the slavery act on Monday. He only said “the pictures spoke for themselves”.


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