The communications chief of Suzuki’s local unit said on Monday that the company does not plan to enforce the new overtime law. Viktória Ruska told MTI that in recent years, the company had not even taken full advantage of the 250-hour overtime limit.
The opposition MPs were greeted at the plant’s entrance by Ruska, who offered to let two of them inside for talks. The MPs, however, wanted Suzuki to let five of them in, and they refused Ruska’s offer.
The parties then gave a press conference, where Jobbik’s Péter Jakab said Suzuki was a strategic partner of ruling Fidesz and not the Hungarian people. He said the government was pursuing an economic policy “heading in the direction of cheapness” rather than higher wages.
The Democratic Coalition’s Zsolt Gréczy said it was “embarrassing” that “a company important for Hungary” had laid off a longtime worker just because he had attempted to form a union. He said this meant that “the slave law can easily be introduced”.