Budapest, April 13 (MTI) – The Union of Retail Employees (KASZ) has organised a demonstration for Sunday in protest of the government’s fast procedure in removing restrictions on Sunday shop openings.
The demonstration will be held by the Economy Ministry’s building and the union wants to present a petition to Economy Minister Mihály Varga, KASZ said in a statement on Wednesday.
The union is “shocked that the government revoked the law on Sunday shop closings with the stroke of a pen in record time,” the statement said. “Employees do not want to work on Sundays, but if they must, they want to be paid for the time stolen from their families,” the statement added.
Lawmakers voted on Tuesday to repeal a law prohibiting retailers from opening shops over 200sqm in size on Sundays. The opposition has criticised that parliament’s move comes with scrapping the rule which doubles pay for Sunday work and restoring the 50 percent bonus rate that was in place before the restrictions came into effect.