International civil committee set up to push for European wage union
Budapest, March 14 (MTI) – An international civil committee was set up in Budapest on Tuesday to submit the concept of levelling wages in Europe to the European Commission, Marton Gyöngyoösi, an MP of Jobbik, the concept’s main proponent, said.
Speaking at an international conference before the signing of the declaration establishing the eight-member committee, Jobbik leader Gábor Vona said that after the implementation of a pricing union within the European Union, it was time to introduce a wage union.
The civil initiative calls for cementing the principle of “equal pay for equal work” in the EU’s founding documents, Gyöngyösi told a news conference.The new committee includes representatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The members represent political parties, unions and civil groups.
All participants cited emigration influenced by economic factors as their countries’ biggest problem, Gyöngyösi said.
Answering a question, Gyöngyösi said the belief that the committee wants to transfer powers over tax regulation to the EU or relinquish a part of their sovereignty was a “fatal misinterpretation” of their initiative.
He noted that the EC has 60 days to review the initiative. Should the commission give the green light to the initiative, one million signatures have to be collected within a year, he added.