Hungary’s government is a government of wage rises and minimum wage rises within the limits of economic reason, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after a meeting with the leaders of unions association LIGA.
Mr Orban said he agreed with union leaders that any wage increase is justified in Hungary at present, but an economic policy that finances a lack of economic output from loans cannot be continued.
The government is prepared to weigh any opinions on the tax system, but is not willing to return in the direction of the tax system that did so much damage to Hungary, he added, responding to criticism by union leaders that the flat-rate tax introduced by the government is unfair.
Mr Orban asked the union leaders to follow the course of talks with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union and signal which conditions are acceptable and which are not.
He asked LIGA chief Istvan Gasko to support the implementation of the government’s workplace protection plan, adding that without it there can be no talk of wage increases.