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14/02/2020 23:11

“Don't be afraid, because then your children won't know what solidarity is” - the trade union at Suzuki, Esztergom was formed one year ago

“Don't be afraid, because then your children won't know what solidarity is” - the trade union at Suzuki, Esztergom was formed one year ago
On 7th February last year, the workers of the Suzuki plant in Esztergom wanted to form a union, but their newly elected secretary Gábor Szakács was immediately fired from the company. On this occasion, Vice-President of MSZP Imre Komjáthi took action at the factory asking Suzuki to abide by the law and let the union operate.
Komjáthi began with a story from Korea, where at Samsung the chairman of a director’s board and a dozen of his colleagues was sentenced to eight months imprisonment for of anti-union activity, whereas the last time was in 2005 in Hungary that state support was withdrawn from a company for the lack of orderly employment relationships.
 
 "They can do this because Viktor Orbán is on the side of multinationals and big capital."
 
According to Komjáthi, this was already reflected in the 2012 Labor Code amendment, which effectively made Hungarian workers vulnerable. Multinationals have the most significant tax benefits in Hungary throughout Europe. Komjáthi and the MSZP believe that they really must stand up for employees because they are the ones to run the country. Some of their young activists made it to the factory in the summer, where they walked around wearing T-shirts promoting the trade unionism.
 
“Neither the good fairy, nor Gábor Szakács can help you on his own. You are the trade union. All of you.. Trade union membership gives you strength in the struggle you have to go through,” Komjáthi warned workers not to be afraid to join those demonstrating in the car park on the first anniversary of the union's foundation.
 
"Don't be afraid, because then your children won't even know the word ‘solidarity’."
 
Gábor Szakács had settled out of court with Suzuki, but they probably insisted on this because  it would cast a bad light on the government's partner company if it turned out that they had broken the law.
 
The number of union members have already risen to  over 400; they are more closely watched in the factory and more pressure is put on them. 
 
Regarding the issue of cooperation between MSZP and the trade unions he said they would only go as far as the trade unions demanded it. The main task of political parties is to create an environment in which interest groups can operate.