Opposition urges recognition of caregiving as public employment
Full-time caregivers of their own family members should be recognised as public employees and paid the minimum wage, the opposition LMP said.
LMP MP Antal Csárdi expressed support for caregivers who protested in front of Parliament on Wednesday. At a news conference, he noted that caregivers without official employee status are not entitled to social security or a pension.
As part of LMP’s proposal, caregivers should also receive unemployment benefits once their job is over.
On Tuesday, the leftist Democratic Coalition outlined a similar proposal to improve conditions for people taking care of family invalids fulltime.
Caregivers within the family currently receive a monthly subsidy of 52,800 forints (EUR 162), less than half the minimum wage.