Péter Ungár, a lawmaker of opposition LMP, on Friday called the recent amendment to the labour code “the neoliberal law of a neoliberal government”.
Addressing a press conference, Ungár said Fidesz had been elected to represent the interests of workers against those of multinational corporations, but it had now enacted several measures that have gone against this promise. The politician said the labour code amendment, which he called the “slave law”, “clearly serves the interests of multinational companies”.
“Yesterday Fidesz had a chance to align its actions with its words, but this didn’t happen,” he said, reacting to President János Áder’s decision to sign the amendment into law.
Ungár said the legislation would also hurt unions by making workers negotiate their overtime hours with their employers on their own. Further, it attempts to tackle worker poverty by making people work more, he added. Commenting on the recent demonstrations against the labour code amendment, Ungár said it was possible that legal violations had taken place. As an example he pointed out that police did not enter headquarters of the public broadcaster MTVA despite Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi alerting them multiple times. Ungár also said that MTVA’s security chief was heard giving instructions to police, when they are only supposed to take orders from their own superiors or senior interior ministry officials.