Együtt: Minimum wage earners worse off than five years ago

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Vice President of Együtt (Together) Levente Pápa accused Fidesz faction spokesperson Bence Tuzson of lying to the Hungarian people, when he suggested that the Hungarian minimum wage has grown on average 10% a year and that Hungarian reforms are working, news portal 168ora.hu reported yesterday. 

Pápa highlighted the fact that when Fidesz came to power in 2010, minimum take home pay was HUF 60,200, while today it is HUF 68,775, a total increase of 14.2%, the daily reported. These figures are in stark contrast to Tuzson’s estimate of 43% growth in the past five years.

Meanwhile consumer prices have risen on average 16% over the same period, Pápa said, noting that this means minimum wage earners are actually worse off than they were five years ago. These figures, however, do not take into consideration unemployment rates that have forced many minimum wage earners into fostered work programs where the take home pay starts at HUF 52,000, Pápa adds. 

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