Vona on the Wage Union: It creates a unity with great prospects
It is a historic initiative, Jobbik’s president Gábor Vona stated in his Budapest press conference on Friday, referring to the international citizens’ committee to be formed on March 14 in order to submit the opposition party’s concept of the European Wage Union to the European Commission (EC).
Mr Vona recalled that on December 18, he had announced the launch of the campaign for eliminating wage inequalities in Europe. “Equal wages for equal work!" the president announced the guideline for Jobbik’s proposal back then. Mr Vona now repeated: to launch a European citizens’ initiative and make the European Commission put the issue on its agenda, you need to collect one million signatures in seven EU member states within a year. In recent weeks, Jobbik’s foreign affairs delegation went on a tour to find allies in Eastern Central Europe.
“From the Baltic States to the Adriatic coast, there is a common feeling, a common fate and a common desire to act across the nations of Eastern Central Europe,” Mr Vona said in his press conference on Friday. He added that they had found allies in Eastern Central Europe who would support Jobbik’s initiative and were willing to act. “Among others, Members of Parliament and trade union representatives are coming to the Budapest conference on Tuesday,” the party president informed the media. “This will be the first cause to rally the support of all Eastern Central European countries, he stated.
The party president announced that they would have a closed session with the foreign partners Tuesday morning, and then they will explain their plans in more detail. In response to a question, he said that conference participants were coming from Slovakia, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Poland while there were inquiries from Lithuania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic as well. In Mr Vona’s view, such cooperation and unity may have great prospects for the future. He asserted that the region’s countries would finally be able to show the European Union their goals and intentions.
Shame it did not happen earlier
Jobbik’s president harshly criticized the Orbán government and its predecessors for completely ignoring the elimination of wage inequalities ever since Hungary’s EU accession.
Referring to the previous Prime Ministers’ attitude as “historical disgrace” and “shame”, he denounced them for lying idly by when wage inequalities persisted while consumer prices had gradually levelled out across Europe.
He noted that the Orbán government’s economic policy relied heavily on cheap Hungarian labour and said this was an approach to be gotten rid of completely. Instead, he explained, a new EU solidarity should emerge, which could lay the foundations for joint efforts to achieve equal wages as well as to promote a new cohesion policy and common thinking. In Mr Vona’s view, it cannot be realized without Eastern Central European enterprises becoming truly competitive at international level. “What we are asking for is not charity, but the creation of a framework that enables competitive enterprises to do business.”
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Mr Vona also discussed the issue of the EU’s unfair economic methodology and the potential reasons behind it: he quoted EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s recently published interview in which the German politician admitted that Germany actually profited from the structural funds given to Eastern European countries since these monies are then used to place orders with German business corporations. Mr Vona compared this interview to a self-disclosure statement.
Noting that his party had been voicing the exact same concerns for years, he said “but we have always been shrugged off”. Expressing his view that Hungary may not be a net recipient in the EU overall, he stated it did not mean that Hungary should leave the EU but it showed that a new, fairer EU is needed where there is more solidarity among the member states. “If there is a stepchild who has been mistreated, it’s Hungary.”
He also mentioned that Hungarian wages lagged behind the region’s mean growth: while the region produced a 60 per cent increase in wages, Hungary had only 16 per cent.
Jobbik’s president believes the wage union will launch a historic initiative and trusts that Hungarian organizations will back it, too.
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