Similarly to health care employees, people working in the social sector should be granted a one-off bonus of 500,000 forints (EUR 1,420, before tax), representatives of opposition parties and trade unions demanded at a meeting. The meeting was initiated by LMP, and attended by Jobbik, the Socialists, DK, Párbeszéd, as well as trade unions MKKSZ and SZÁDSZ.
MKKSZ head Erzsébet Boros called on employees in the sector to hold a “hunger strike” at lunch time on July 2 to support the demand.
Ferenc Köves, the head of SZÁDSZ, said that employees in the social sector had worked hard in recent months “without any appreciation by the government or society”, adding that “the prime minister has forgotten” about them.
Socialist MP Lajos Korózs said that welfare employees are “at the bottom of the payroll” and criticised the government for its reluctance to increase their wages. “Despite what Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler says the government does have the power on changing wages in the sector since a large part of the welfare institutions are run by the state”.
Párbeszéd’s Olivio Kocsis-Cake said that a bonus for all employees in the sector would total 46 billion forints, while the government is spending “over 30 billion on hunting expos, government propaganda and show-case projects”. He also demanded the right to strike in the sector, which he insisted is not currently possible.