Health workers’ protest while utility workers get 15% pay rise


The five national trade union confederations sent a solidarity message to the MESZK chamber of healthcare professionals in support of its protest march in Budapest on 31 July. The demonstrators called for pay increases for nurses in line with those already awarded to doctors and argued this was crucial to help stem the migration of nurses to western Europe. Earlier this year the five confederations also came together to file a complaint with the International Labour Organisation over the government’s imposition of new legislation which removes the rights to negotiate and take strike action from health workers in the public sector. Meanwhile, workers in state owned utilities companies are set to get a 15% pay rise over three years. This will be implemented at different rates in different companies, with national water company employees getting 4% this year, 7% next year and 4% in 2023.

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