Hungary braces for strikes, blockades on overtime law

December 21, 2018, 8:47 am  english version Hungarian version  
The Hungarian Trade Union Confederation (MASZSZ) will organise a nationwide strike along with blockades, vice president Tamás Székely told InfoRádió after President János Áder signed into law a controversial amendment to the Labour Code regulating overtime.

"If we look at today's statement by the Prime Minister and the fact that János Áder signed the bill into law, these seem to fully support the viewpoint of 80% of Hungarians, namely that there is a dictatorship in this country," Székely said in a radio interview. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán tersely said the new law would work.

In Székely's opinion, the premier decided to turn 4 million employees into slaves, to which trade unions will react with "very severe opposition". Strikes and blockades are to be expected in Budapest and other parts of the country.

The first phase will be a demonstration Friday evening, organised by the MASZSZ and opposition parties, with Székely warning of a "hot winter".

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