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The conservative opposition Jobbik party will submit an appeal to the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, against a decision by the National Election Committee, which rejected its referendum initiatives linked to “despotic measures dubbed Fidesz’s slave law,” lawmaker Tamás Pintér said. He said it was “a totally ridiculous response” that the committee threw out the initiatives claiming that they were ambiguous.

“What can be ambiguous about asking people if they want to live in Hungary as slaves and what can be ambiguous about asking them if they want to spend their free time at home, with their families, rather than at their place of work,” Pintér said. Such questions could have been clearly answered in a referendum if the “National Election Committee had not been an organisation run by [ruling] Fidesz and if Fidesz had not been afraid of the will of the people,” he said. “Hungarian employees should be given a chance to decide on their lives, their overtime and how they get paid for it. It is not Fidesz that should decide about these issues on the order of multinational companies,” he said.

The election committee rejected the referendum initiatives concerning mandatory overtime rules and the deadline for payment for overtime work. It argued that since the initiatives were submitted, the related bill has been amended with a stipulation that all overtime work must be based on a voluntary agreement.