(MTI) – The opposition LMP party will strongly represent the interests of the employees in Hungary, the party’s co-chair said on Thursday, on International Workers’ Day.
It is unacceptable and unworthy that workforce in Hungary is “advertised in the east” by the prime minister as cheap but highly skilled and that the new labour code created by ruling Fidesz had limited employees’ rights, Bernadett Szel told a press conference.
She said LMP had drafted a new labour code in partnership with the trade union confederations which fundamentally redesigns employer-employee relations.
The new code favours employees, ensures efficient interest representation and reinstates the mechanism of three-partite interest coordination, said Szel.
It proposes reinstating overtime payment for afternoon shifts, increasing in line with an EU directive the number of paid basic holidays by 4-5 days and ensuring employees an extra holiday in compensation for holidays falling on Saturdays or Sundays.
The new code also includes the reintroduction of the provision securing employment of mothers with a child or children younger than 3.
Szel said LMP also wants to ensure equal pay for equal work and immediately eliminate discrimination in the remuneration of men and women.
Tamas Meszerics, who leads LMP’s list of candidates for MEPs, said they would want to strongly represent employees’ interests also in the European Parliament.