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LMP CALLS FOR WAGE SUPPLEMENTS TO BE EXPANDED TO CIVIL SECTOR

 

The opposition LMP is calling on the government to expand wage supplements offered because of the novel coronavirus epidemic to the civil sector, co-leader Erzsébet Schmuck said. Schmuck told an online press conference on Facebook that the state should not expect civil sector workers to offer their services for free. “Over the past thirty years, civil sector workers have shown that they can effectively and cheaply fulfil state tasks in social services, health care, education, sport, culture and environmental protection,” she said. Civil sector workers are helping out in health-care and elderly care services even during the novel coronavirus epidemic, she added. “But they, too, are in a difficult position and without external help many jobs can be expected to discontinue,” she said. Schmuck said the government should recognise that “there is no democracy without the civil sector and they are fulfilling tasks from little money which the cabinet is incapable of.”