Hungarians protest against new labor law

Elias Hubbard
December 24, 2018

Thousands of people have joined fresh protests in Hungary against a new so-called "slave law" that almost doubles how much overtime employees can work.

Protesters rallied outside Parliament then marched to the offices of President Janos Ader in Buda Castle to rebuke him for labor changes and signing another law that creates a new court system under government control.

The Opposition announced that the pressure on the Prime Minister to maintain.

Another part of the legislation, backed by Orban's Fidesz party, would set new courts which critics could be politically manipulated.

Orban said in the interview that employees will be paid for overtime at the end of each month, but the text of the law allows employers to delay payment by up to three years.

Balazs Barany from the leftwing MSZP party told the rally that "a new opposition has been born", with the protests uniting various rival factions in an unprecedented fashion.

"We will target those that the Fidesz regime caters to with their laws", Toth said.

Meanwhile, councils in Hungary's third-largest city of Szeged and the northern town of Salgotarjan on Friday passed resolutions promising not to implement the new law.

Mr Orban's Fidesz party has said protests are the work of foreign mercenaries paid by Hungarian-born USA billionaire George Soros. "And Soros, Soros, Soros, Soros, Soros", said an invitation to the rally posted on Facebook.

MKKP launched more than a decade ago a way to poke fun at politics in Hungary, but it has now become a semi-serious force, using irony to tackle the most pressing situations in the central European nation.

"I have come to rejoice over the government's policies", 28-year-old Gergo Gocza told Reuters, holding a sign saying "A Sign".

The Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) protest started outside parliament where one protester was seen holding a placard which read "Happy boss, gloomy Sunday". The country's unemployment rate, at 4.2% in 2017, is one of the lowest in the EU.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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