A fresh protest has erupted in Hungary against a new ‘Slave Law’ enacted with a purpose to support doubling of employees overtime.
The protesters were angry at the President, Janos Ader, as they march to his office to vent their disappointment, over the signing of the controversial law.
Victor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary reiterates that the move was to get rid of ”silly rules” paving the way for those who want to earn more to work more.
The number of hours of overtime an employer can demand is boosted by the new law from 250 to 400 hours, a move which trade unions have vehemently kicked against with a threat of strike action looming.
Bertalan Toth, the leader of the left-wing opposition MSZP had earlier beckoned on the protesters to continue, saying ”we will target those the Fidesz regime caters to with their laws.”
Some of Hungary’s local council like the city of Szeged and northern town of Salgotarian have concluded not to implement the new law.
Some of the protesters rage doesnt only lie on the signing of the ‘Slave Law’ but also another law authorizing new courts that may be politically manoeuvred.
Mr. Fidesz party claims protest may have been sponsored by foreign mercenaries, accusing Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros as one of their sponsors, an allegation which Soros strongly denied and taking a hit back at the Hungarian authorities as using him as a scapegoat.
The Spoof Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP), founded decade ago actually led Friday’s protest.
Hungary’s unemployment rate stood at 4.2% in 2017, which is one of the lowest in the EU, a statistics which has prompted the government to sign the controversial law which they believe will address serious labour shortages in the country, since Hungary’s population has been on a steady decline for years with deaths outpacing births, according to the European statistics agency.
Apart from declining birth numbers, Hungary is also faced with ”brain drain” problem as most educated Hungarians take advantage of the free movement within Europe to move to other European Countries.