Nearly 6,000 municipal employees on all-day strike
Nearly 6,000 employees of 168 municipal councils have joined a strike initiative by trade union MKKSZ on Wednesday, union leader Erzsebet Boros told a press conference.
Boros voiced satisfaction that fully 16 percent of Hungary's 37,000 municipal employees have supported the all-day action for a 30 percent pay rise. She noted that some 24,000 employees have not been granted a pay rise for the past eight years.
Most municipal employees earn between 75,000-90,000 forints a month (EUR 242-290), which puts them in the "employed poor" category. Those salaries, earned with hard work, are not sufficient to make ends meet, she said.
Boros criticised the government for a lack of communication, and pledged further action.
The strike has been supported by the opposition LMP, DK and Egyutt parties, as well as teacher trade union PDSZ.