Budapest opposition urges local governments not to apply ‘slave law’

Opposition parties in the municipal council of Budapest on Wednesday jointly proposed that companies owned by the city and their contractors should not apply recent changes to the labour code under which employees could be required to work as much as an annual 400 hours overtime.

Erzsébet Gy. Németh, a councillor of the Democratic Coalition, told a press conference that the opposition is working to “prevent any effect of the slave law” which she said had been adopted “amid scandalous circumstances” in December.

Budapest’s 15,000 municipal employees “won’t be slaves”, Gy. Németh said.

Márta V. Naszályi, representing the Párbeszéd party, said that municipal operations in Budapest “must not rest on the exploitation of employees” and suggested that the city should “set an example” to other municipalities through making without the “slave law”.