Independent trade unions support the wage union
Nearly forty trade unions expressed their support for the European Citizens’ Initiative for a Wage Union. So much so, that the participants of their grand professional conference unanimously decided to form a citizens’ campaign committee which would bring the project of reducing the wage gap into fruition. The leaders of the trade unions attending the meeting confirmed that they did not take orders from Fidesz or the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), which was also subject to external control, but from the Hungarian workers whose interests they consider of paramount importance. Daily Magyar Idők’s government-sponsored article published yet another lie about the European Citizens’ Initiative for a Wage Union and Jobbik. ETUC’s General Secretary had a meeting with Márton Gyöngyösi, the representative of the Citizens’ Committee launching the initiative and reacted appreciatively to the objective of the initiative for equal pay for equal work. He confirmed this in writing as well. Contrary to the statements of the pro-Fidesz paper, Gábor Vona was not supposed to meet the leader of the European Trade Union Confederation.
The wage union concept has only been rejected by Fidesz-influenced trade union confederations on quite unprofessional and schizophrenic pretexts, since the objective of the citizens’ initiative is exactly what all workers’ unions have been formed for and fight for, or are supposed to fight for at least.
Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary