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Gov’t to Appeal to European Commission to Ensure Pay Raise for Postal Workers

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.07.30.

The Hungarian government will turn to the European Commission to facilitate higher wages for employees of the national postal service, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office announced at a regular press briefing on Thursday.

Gergely Gulyás noted that the national economy was much worse off than before the coronavirus crisis, but said that Hungarian postal employees were “earning undeservedly low wages compared to the high quality services they provide.”

The postal service is not a profitable enterprise and any pay raise requires approval from the EC, he said. Gulyás added that the government was also in talks with trade unions concerning the magnitude of a pay raise.

Two weeks ago, hundreds of postal workers held a demonstration at the office of the Minister responsible for the management of national assets, demanding at least a 10% pay raise. They believe the proposal of the postal service leadership without mention of a wage increase is unacceptable, and the offer of a one-time bonus would only mean an additional 1.5% for this year, which is less than half of the inflation forecast. The leadership of the postal service blamed the European Union’s regulation that, according to them, did not provide room for further increase.

Featured photo illustration by Noémi Bruzák/MTI