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LMP URGES MINIMUM WAGE TO CAREGIVERS OF SICK FAMILY MEMBERS

 

Benefits for people taking care of family members in their homes should be increased to reach “at least the minimum wage,” opposition LMP deputy Péter Ungár told an online press conference. The current coronavirus epidemic “has shown that caregiving is crucial for cohesion within the state and we must not consider those activities as an infinite resource we do not need to pay for,” Ungár said. Not only parents with disabled children should be granted at least the minimum wage but so should people taking care of other family members, typically elderly parents, he said. Ungár noted that the same proposal had been tabled to parliament by then opposition Fidesz in 2004, but parliament’s Socialist-Liberal majority voted it down.