Three lawmakers of the opposition Jobbik party on Wednesday demanded that the government should pay wage support to those that lost their income as a result of the coronavirus epidemic or alternatively start partially reopening the country in a controlled manner.
Dániel Z Kárpát called the Orbán government “the most tight-fisted and cruel … with a tendency to forget about or neglect entire sections of society”.
He reiterated an earlier Jobbik proposal that a government fund should be used to pay four-fifth of wages lost as a result of the epidemic. He also urged the reopening of leisure centres in order to give back opportunities to Hungarian athletes.
Zoltán Magyar said most restaurant owners do not have sufficient reserves to reopen their establishments and they would need wage support or a regulated relaunch of their businesses.
Tibor Nunkovics said it was “social injustice that an increasing number of businesses were going bust as a result of the government’s failure to provide support while “the casinos of Fidesz buddies” are allowed to continue generating profits.
In the featured photo: Jobbik MP Dániel Z. Kárpát. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI