Hungary - Public sector workers on strike in demand of higher wages and normal working hours - March 31, 2019

The union of public service workers (MKKSZ) organised a nationwide day of strike action in front of parliament in Budapest in which some 75000 public workers participated. The main demand of the public sector workers is an increase in basic salaries, which have stagnated for 11 years. Lower income workers in the public sector that work fulltime sometimes receive less than 800 euro per month. Beside their demands for higher wages, public sector workers were also protesting the new law that raises the number of possible overtime hours and that, according to the unions, will increase the working day of public sector workers from 8 to 9 hours a day.

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