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Jobbik to Appeal Election Cttee Rejection of Referendum Initiatives Linked to ‘Slave Law’

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.01.07.

Rightish opposition Jobbik party will submit an appeal to the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, against a decision by the National Election Committee, which rejected its referendum initiatives linked to “despotic measures dubbed Fidesz’s slave law,” lawmaker Tamás Pintér said on Saturday.

He said it was “a totally ridiculous response” that the committee threw out the initiatives claiming that they were ambiguous.

“What can be ambiguous about asking people if they want to live in Hungary as slaves and what can be ambiguous about asking them if they want to spend their free time at home, with their families, rather than at their place of work,” Pintér told a press conference.

Such questions could have been clearly answered in a referendum if the “National Election Committee had not been an organisation run by [ruling] Fidesz and if Fidesz had not been afraid of the will of the people,” he said.

“Hungarian employees should be given a chance to decide on their lives, their overtime and how they get paid for it. It is not Fidesz that should decide about these issues on the order of multinational companies,” he said.

The election committee rejected the referendum initiatives concerning mandatory overtime rules and the deadline for payment for overtime work on Friday. It argued that since the initiatives were submitted, the related bill has been amended with a stipulation that all overtime work must be based on a voluntary agreement.

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