Opposition LMP has called on the government to increase without delay the wages of public sector employees to compensate for inflation.
Party co-leader Máté Kanász-Nagy told a press conference on Tuesday that a wage increase scheme was needed to close the gap between wages in the public sector and the private sector.
He said that public sector wages lagged behind considerably, citing social workers and career-starting teachers taking home around 170,000 forints (EUR 460) per month as against 310,000 forints by toolmakers and 270,000 by electricians.
He added that the value of public sector wages dropped by around 4 percent as a result of inflation this year and the drop is 10 percent based on the increase in food prices.
Inflation boosts government revenues, giving the cabinet enough room for maneuver, he said.
Featured photo by Máté Kanász-Nagy’s Facebook page