Pro-government daily Magyar Idok said on Monday that the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) strongly rejects the wage union campaign, which was initiated by the representatives of seven member states. But according to the Hungarian initiator Jobbik party, the confederation’s secretary general spoke with recognition of the campaign and confirmed it in writing.
ETUC secretary general Luca Visentini visited Hungary last Friday to discuss the EU’s pillar for social rights and the directive on posted workers with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the heads of Hungarian trade union confederations. He also held talks with Marton Gyongyosi, the representative of the Citizens’ Committee launching the initiative. According to Jobbik, Luca Visentini reacted appreciatively to the objective of the initiative for equal pay for equal work. He confirmed this in writing as well.
Jobbik said that only those trade union confederations rejected the wage union who are influenced by Fidesz, with unprofessional and schizophrenic pretexts. The objective of the citizens’ initiative is exactly what all workers’ unions have been formed for and fight for, or are supposed to fight for at least, Jobbik stressed.
So far, nearly forty trade unions expressed their support for the European Citizens’ Initiative for a Wage Union. At a grand professional conference last Friday, their representatives unanimously decided to form a citizens’ campaign committee, which would bring the project of reducing the wage gap into fruition. The leaders of the trade unions attending confirmed that they didn’t take orders from the ruling party, because they consider the interests of Hungarian workers of paramount importance.