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Employers, unions and gov't agree on 4-6% wage rise for 2011

Employers, unions and government representatives agreed on a recommended wage rise of 4-6% for 2011 at a meeting of the Interest Coordination Council (OÉT) on Thursday.

The sides agreed on raising the minimum wage for unskilled worker to HUF 78,000 a month and the minimum wage for skilled workers to HUF 94,000 a month.

The minimum wage for unskilled workers is currently HUF 73,500 a month. The minimum wage for skilled workers is HUF 89,500 a month.

Péter Pataky, who led the unions at the talks, said the pay rise was not enough, but his would not prevent the signing of the agreement.

Employers said they recommended lower wages be raised by a rate near the top of the increase range.

Unions insisted a clause be added to the agreement promising employees' "real position" would remain unchanged in light of changes to taxes and contributions. (MTI-ECONEWS)