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Coronavirus: DK Calls on Gov’t to Expand Job Protection Support

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.03.

Opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the government to face up to the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus epidemic and expand support for job preservation instead of “bragging of success”.

Deputy group leader Gergely Arató told an online press conference on Facebook that the facts don’t back up Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s claims that the level of employment is approaching pre-epidemic levels.

Arató said he had learnt that the Audi plant in Győr, in western Hungary, could employ up to 2,000 fewer workers in future, adding that trade unions say this isn’t an isolated case.

He noted that the impact of not renewing the contracts of temporary workers or cancelling contracts with staffing agencies don’t show up in the statistics.

He said the government’s support for job preservation is among the “most tight-fisted” in Europe and pressed for an extension, expansion and increase of such support.

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