Teachers’ trade union PDSZ has sent an open letter to Hungary’s prime minister demanding higher wages without delay and the withdrawal of decisions regarding the itemised tax for small businesses (kata) and utility fees.
PDSZ called for professional and social consultations on kata and utility fees.
In the letter addressed to Viktor Orbán PDSZ said “you have repeatedly stated that the wage demands of workers in public education were justified but we have been told at strike negotiations and through the press that wage increase, no matter how small, is only possible in the current budget situation if Brussels provides support”.
“However, it was recently revealed that wage increases can be afforded from the central budget for law enforcement staff and each minister will get 650,000 forints (EUR 1,600) more, not to mention that your wage will increase by an even greater rate,” the trade union said.
PDSZ considers it justified that extremely low wages for police and soldiers are increased but demands at least the same level of increase for public education workers with immediate effect, the letter said.