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Coronavirus – Opposition: Gov’t Imposes Further Burdens on Most Vulnerable by Easing Labour Regulations

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.15.

Opposition parties on Tuesday slammed the government for easing labour regulations for employers, saying that the relevant government decree issued on Friday imposed further burdens on workers who are anyway hit hardest by the crisis.

Klára Dobrev, an MEP of the Democratic Coalition (DK), called on the government to scrap the decree, which she said allowed employers a two-year period when they could order employees to work overtime to make up for the days off taken during the novel coronavirus epidemic. The regulation, she said, strips workers of overtime payments for those hours, and potentially force them to work on six days a week.

The “government’s base move” forces the most vulnerable to bear the burdens of the economic damage caused by the pandemic, Dobrev said, adding that the decree amounts to a “slave law”.

Unions Outraged as Government Makes Working Timeframe More Flexible for Companies

Speaking at the plenary session of parliament on Tuesday, Jobbik’s Tibor Nunkovics said the decree “steals money from employees’ pockets” by stripping them of overtime payments.

Gov’t: more flexible labour regulations protect jobs

Tamás Schanda, a state secretary of the innovation and technology ministry, said in response in parliament that the more flexible labour regulations are meant to protect jobs. The opposition, he noted, had refused a joint fight against the epidemic’s health and economic consequences. The priority is to ensure Hungarians have jobs and can earn a living, he said.

In the featured photo: DK’s Klára Dobrev. Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI