Gov't, unions come closer to agreement at wage talks

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The position of the government and unions regarding next year's wages moved closer to an agreement during talks in the framework of the permanent consultation forum VKF yesterday, according to reports. 

Ferenc Dávid, the general secretary of employer association VOSZ, said after talks that employers would agree to a 3.5% wage increase, which corresponds to a minimum monthly wage of HUF 105,000 for unskilled laborers and HUF 122,000 for skilled workers. The government also appeared to be ready to discuss unions' demands in connection with the labor code, early retirement rules and new strike laws, Dávid added.

The head of the trade union association MaSZSZ, Péter Pataky, said an agreement had been drafted with proposals both from the union and the government, but had not yet been signed. If an agreement is not signed by Friday, the government is expected to unilaterally announce minimum wage decisions at that time, and no proposed average wage will be set, he added. Unions protested the government's labor-related measures by blocking roads across the country on Monday in a series of large demonstrations.

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