Budapest, July 16 (MTI) – The opposition Socialists want to submit a draft resolution to lawmakers next week on easing Hungary’s labour shortage, deputy party leader Nándor Gúr said at a press conference on Saturday.
Between 600,000 and 800,000 Hungarians are qualified for or could become qualified, to take unfilled positions with the appropriate measures, Gúr said. Instead of using foreign workers to fill the labour gap, Hungarians have to be given a chance to work, he added.
The proposal also envisions raising the minimum wage to net 100,000 forints (EUR 318) a month.
Governing Fidesz responded to Gúr’s remarks with a statement later Saturday saying the left would rather give jobs to immigrants than to Hungarians. The party noted that at the last session of the European Parliament, left-wing European and Hungarian politicians voted not only to sanction countries that do not comply with the forced relocation of migrants, but to make it easier for migrants to get jobs. The left put the migrants before their own citizens, Fidesz said.