Hungary -Unions present ILO criticism of draft labour code -November 29, 2011

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has criticised several points of the government's draft labour code, leaders of the six Hungarian trade union confederations which had requested ILO's position told a press conference in Budapest. The ILO has also suggested in a memorandum that the government should start a constructive dialogue on the reform of the country’s labour law, the unionists stated. Following a review of the draft as it stood on 26 September, the ILO expressed criticism of the planned restriction of the freedom of expression and assembly, and suggested that protection against dismissal should be extended for at least three months after child birth leave, according to the unions. The labour organisation also criticised the draft for failing to include the principle of granting the same remuneration for the same job, MSZOSZ head Peter Pataky said at the press conference. Earlier in November, unions in the LIGA confederation staged roadblock demonstrations at around hundred locations across the country in protest of the draft labour code. LIGA head Istvan Gasko at a press conference repeatedly voiced the unions’ protest against what they call the elimination of the labour code and of the National Interest Co-ordination Council.

English: Máté Komiljovics, union correspondent

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