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01/02/2020 21:45

Hungarian Employees Deserve Higher Standard of Living and Higher Salaries!

Hungarian Employees Deserve Higher Standard of Living and Higher Salaries!
This year's first paycheck is coming soon. At the end of January, in the first days of February, nearly 1.1 million employees on minimum wage will receive the minimum wage increased by 8%, i.e. gross HUF 161,000. During the same period, members of the Fidesz elite (secretaries of state, heads of public administration bodies, some dignitaries of public law) will receive their multimillion forint salaries, that were increased by 50, 80 and in some cases by 100%.
These are huge differences that depict an unjust society.
 
While we are not lagging behind in terms of the salaries of state leaders and public service leaders in the region, the Hungarian minimum wage is the lowest among the Visegrád countries. Today, those who earn the least in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia earn more than their counterparts in Hungary. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic by roughly 100 euros, in Poland by roughly 135 euros.
 
And despite the fact that the amount is rising slightly every year in Hungary, due Fidesz’ deliberate weakening of the Forint, the salary is also worth less. The weak currency causes uncertainty and price increases. With the same job, for the same pay, we can buy less goods and services month by month. As I like to put it: orange costs us a lot!
 
We want to change that. We do not only want the Fidesz elite to enjoy the security of everyday life, be able to save some money from their salaries, prosper or buy a home. We want the minimum wage to ensure decent living conditions; we want the feeling of advancement not just to be a privilege of the Fidesz elite. That is why we consider it necessary to catch up with the minimum wage, to raise it radically so that the Hungarian minimum wage does not fall below the average of the Visegrád countries. We also wish to see a common European regulation for the determination the minimum wage.
 
Hungarian employees deserve a higher standard of living and higher salaries!
 
You can complete our consultation on the European minimum wage here:
Hungarian workers deserve a higher standard of living and salaries!
 
This year's first paycheck is coming soon. At the end of January, in the first days of February, nearly 1.1 million employees on the minimum wage will receive the minimum wage increased by 8%, gross HUF 161,000. During the same period, members of the Fidesz elite (secretaries of state, heads of public administration, some dignitaries of public law) can receive their salaries of millions, increased by 50, 80 and in some cases by 100%.
 
These are huge differences that portray an unjust society.
 
While we are not lagging behind the salaries of state leaders and public service leaders, the Hungarian minimum wage is the lowest among the Visegrád countries. Today, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are the ones who earn more on the lowest incomes than in Hungary. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic about 100 euros, in Poland about 135 euros.
 
And despite the fact that the amount is rising slightly every year in Hungary, due to the deliberate weakening of the Forint, the salary is also worth less. A weak currency causes uncertainty and raises prices. With the same job, for the same pay, we can buy less goods and services month after month. I used to say: It costs us orange!
 
We want to change that. We want not only the Fidesz elite to enjoy the security of everyday life, but not only the Fidesz elite to be able to set aside their salary, save money, get ahead, buy a home. We want the minimum wage to ensure decent living conditions, we want the feeling of advancement not just the privilege of the Fidesz elite. That is why we consider it necessary to catch up with the minimum wage, to raise it radically so that the Hungarian minimum wage does not fall below the average of the Visegrád countries, and there is a common European regulation for determining the minimum wage.
 
Hungarian workers deserve a higher standard of living and salaries!
 
You can complete our consultation on the European minimum wage here: