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May-day obituary

Friday, May 21st, 2021

A left-wing author complains about the disappearance of the workers’ movement in Hungary, after Mayday was not celebrated this year – for the first time since World War II. READ MORE

Labour shortage replaces unemployment

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Analyst welcomes the fall in the jobless rate and are confident that Hungary’s mounting labour shortage can be resolved. READ MORE

Corporate tax cuts to compensate wage hikes

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

A pro-government columnist explains that the government has to take cautious but nonetheless painful decisions to ease the burden on enterprises where wage costs have substantially increased lately as a result of the labour shortage in several professions. READ MORE

1.2 million planning to work abroad?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

A pro-government columnist has doubts about the figures released on the number of Hungarians contemplating emigration. READ MORE

Labour Code debate opens

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The draft bill just published by the Ministry for National Economy aims to reduce the rights of employees. Employers would, among other changes, find it easier to lay off pregnant women and parents on maternity leave. A prominent right-wing commentator argues that curbing the rights of employees will not strengthen the nation. READ MORE

Who pays for the free lunch?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Changes to the law which require work in return for welfare payments, are sharply criticised by left-leaning commentators. They suggest that the requirement is inhumane, and predict that the planned public work programme will prove costly and inefficient. A right-wing pundit writes that Hungary has no choice but to abolish unconditional benefits, because of the economic crisis. But a liberal journalist also welcomes public incentives which promote self-reliance. READ MORE