The Hungarian Trade Union Confederation is urging consultations about planned staff cuts in public administration.

It is unacceptable that the Orbán cabinet has announced plans to cut public administration staff by 15-20 percent without proper consultations with the unions concerned and any impact studies carried out, a Wednesday statement by the confederation said.

Tasks need to be reviewed first and the necessary number of staff should be established on that basis,

the statement said.

The confederation also criticised the timing of the announcement, saying that it was made soon after the announcement of wage hikes for MPs and ministers.

Gergely Gulyás, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Tuesday that according to cautious estimates,

the staff of Hungary’s central public administration could be cut by 15-20 percent by January 1, 2019.

As we wrote a few weeks ago, in Budapest, you would need to work for almost an hour to earn enough money to buy a Big Mac, according to the UBS. They did an international survey, working with average salaries and average prices, details here.

Source: MTI

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