Employers say no money for minimum wage hike after govt squeeze

Budapest, October 24 (MTI) – Employers said on Wednesday that last week’s government fiscal adjustment had eroded the benefits of an earlier job-protection programme, and no money would be available to hike the minimum wage next year.

The position of employers has deteriorated as a result of the government’s latest adjustment programme, Ferenc David, head of the Federation of Hungarian Entrepreneurs and Employers (VOSZ) said at a meeting with representatives of the government, employers and unions. David said that VOSZ expected another fiscal adjustment package soon and would not form a position about wages next year.


The National Association of Workers Councils (MOSZ) proposed raising the basic minimum wage to 105,000 forints (EUR 375) and that for skilled workers to 120,000 forints from 93,000 and 108,000.


MOSZ suggested as an alternative to a pay rise that the government cut the rate of income tax on the minimum wage to 12 percent. This would preserve the “real value” of the minimum wage which is 75 percent of the subsistence minimum in Hungary, MOSZ chairman Imre Palkovics told journalists after the meeting.