Government plans to raise transport workersʼ wages

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The government plans to raise the wages of workers in the public transport sector, László Tasó, state secretary for transport policy at the Ministry of National Development, said in Debrecen Tuesday, as reported by online news portal index.hu.

Tasó said that those working in the sector need to be retained in order to ensure the safe operation of transport, and wage settlements are needed to achieve this. The ministry is currently examining the size and time scale of potential wage increases.

Agreement has already been reached on wage hikes next year with public roads operator Magyar Közút Zrt., with details to be announced in the near future, according to index.hu. Tasó said the funds for the wage increases are available as the government provides continuously increasing sums for financing public roads.

Tasó noted that workers of state railway company MÁV received a 3% wage increase this year, although even with this, rail workers still receive the lowest average pay in the transport sector. He added that further wage hikes are needed in the next 2-3 years to improve the income situation of railway employees. 

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