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Public sector workers protest planned wage rise

Public sector unions protested plans by the government to raise wages just 0.2% in 2007 in a letter to Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány on Thursday.

The unions argued that public sector workers would take home 10% less in real terms with the nominal wage rise, given the rise in taxes and the projected upsurge of inflation. They urged the government to raise wages by an extent that would cause real wages to fall no more than the average for both public and private sector workers.
The unions will take legal steps if the prime minister fails to respond to the letter by November 14.