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National economy minister says gov’t will raise, not freeze, public sector wages

The government plans to raise, not freeze, public-sector wages, National Economy Minister György Matolcsy said.

The government has undertaken to cut the number of public sector employees by 5%, Matolcsy said, commenting the government's updated Convergence Program presented to the European Commission on April 15. The 5% drop corresponds to the natural attrition rate, he said.

The updated Convergence Program, in fact, calls for a rise in public-sector wages next year, similar to this year, he said noting that the reduction in the overall amount of wages paid out in the sector stems from the decline in the number of employees.