Hungary -Labour Code draft seriously criticized -August 26, 2011

A new draft Labour Code has been published on the government’s website. The draft has been severely criticized by the parliamentary opposition and the trade unions. Peter Pataky, president of the Confederation of Trade Unions (MSZOSZ), told a press conference that the proposed changes would result in a decrease in jobs of the legally employed workforce and to lower wages and longer working hours. Pataky said also to expect heated debates about the planned rules of holiday leave and changes in dismissal rules. Legal experts have warned that the new code dismantles the system of checks and balances in the labour sector, and seriously challenges the position of trade unions and the collective rights of employees. In a press statement, the law enforcement workers' union BRDSZ said the draft protects employers, blocks the operation of unions and greatly diminishes the power of strike rights. For 12 September, four union confederations, ASZSZ, ESZT, MSZOSZ and SZEF have announced a demonstration in front of Parliament to protest government measures that negatively affect workers, including the draft Labour Code (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 April and May 2011).

English: Máté Komiljovics, union correspondent;
http://www.realdeal.hu/20110803/planned-labour-changes-to-result-job-decline ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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