Hungary -Retail leads pressure on private sector employers to realise wage growth -October 07, 2015

Following employee protests this summer, with large numbers of workers threatening to quit, retail company Auchan has announced it will be raising wages by 10%. The company said that labour shortages and high personnel turnover make the raise necessary to avoid workers going to work abroad or for competitors. The raise at Auchan is expected to have broader implications on private sector bargaining, which is coming up on a new round of negotiations in January. Media reported earlier that there are tens of thousands of vacancies in the private sector that are not being filled, blaming the mismatch on low wages. Meanwhile, public sector wages are speculated to increase by 10% as well.


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