The union of public service workers (MKKSZ) and the union of social sector workers (SZAD) have called a nationwide strike for October 10, saying that the government had “failed to deliver on its promises and has deceived social sector workers”.
In a statement on Friday, the unions noted that last March the government had vowed to devise a wage convergence plan and create the legal conditions for the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement for social sector workers.
MKKSZ head Erzsébet Boros said after the March 14 strike that some 7,500 public employees had joined the work stoppage, with the majority being local council workers. Announcing that strike in January, she said the main reasons behind the problems facing public service workers were the sector’s “unsustainable, disorganised and professionally unintelligible wage policy” and the “completely chaotic wage system”.
Government spokesman István Hollik declared that strike a “complete failure”, calling it a “political move by the opposition”.
In the featured photo: demonstrators during the March strike. Photo via MKKSZ’s Facebook page