Hungary -Union opinion on IMF demands -August 23, 2012

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told union leaders that he would seek their opinions on any measures demanded by the IMF in return for a second bailout, the state news agency MTI reported. After meeting István Gaskó, leader of the trade union federation LIGA, Orbán said the government is prepared to reconsider tax policy. However, the Federation of Independent Unions dismissed Orbán’s meeting with LIGA as window dressing. The government has abandoned nationwide consultation and the new labour code that took effect on 1 July restricts workers’ rights to the benefit of the government and employers.



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