Many say this will be little that can be understood, but in contrast to previous (2010) practice, wages are rising despite the crisis, not frozen. The state now had a lot of unexpected expenditures, we spent thousands of billions of forints on wage subsidies, tax cuts, epidemic management, and job creation. We hope that there will be no more crises in the foreseeable future and that wages can continue to rise.
While wages in the public sector are rising (the wages of teachers, doctors, nurses, now the wages of employees of state-owned companies have increased), the left has not raised a penny at BKV! They will do this smoothly with everyone if given the chance. A lot of multinational companies have abused the epidemic situation, even companies that are the winners of the epidemic! We know for sure that several telecom companies, for example, have been behind on wage increases for the second year in a row, even though they are the winners of the epidemic,
Hence the article of the Hungarian Nation:
Overall, the earnings of employees of public utilities will increase by an average of 15 percent. According to the three-year wage agreement, wage settlements will start at the MÁV – Volán Group, Magyar Posta and Nemzeti Vízművek from July this year. In addition to the basic wage increase of 15 percent, which varies from company to company, employees also receive serious benefits.
The government accepted the proposal of the Minister without Portfolio for the Management of National Assets to develop the wages of the largest public utilities. According to this
As of July 1, 2021, as part of a three-year wage agreement, wages for employees of individual state-owned companies will increase by a total of 15 percent.
Wage development aims to improve the competitiveness of state-owned companies in the labor market, thereby contributing to the relaunch of the economy.
In a statement, Andrea Mager, Minister without Portfolio for the Management of National Assets, recalled that on 25 June he received the President of the National Federation of Strategic and Public Service Companies (Stratos) and the leaders of the three trade union confederations.
The Minister then announced that the necessary consultations had been held with the largest advocacy organizations at the largest public utilities under the owner’s guidance. Andrea Mager stated that the government has set job retention as its top priority in the recent period, and accordingly, state-owned companies have retained all jobs and provided public services in full during the epidemic period.
According to the three-year agreement, from July 1, 2021, the wages of the employees of the companies involved will increase by an average of five percent per year, and by 2023, by a total of fifteen percent.
The rate of three-year wage growth may vary from company to company. Thus, for example, while the MÁV – Volán Group will increase wages by ten percent in 2022 and another five percent in 2023, the basic salary of postmen will increase by four percent in 2021, nine percent in 2022, and two percent in 2023 at Magyar Posta. . The basic salary of those working at the National Waterworks will increase by four percent in 2021, seven percent in 2022, and another four percent in 2023.
Andrea Mager emphasized that the national government has maintained peace at work and improved wages over the past ten years, and that the Hungarian state has proved to be a good farmer and good employer during the pandemic period. State-owned companies have managed to preserve jobs over the past two years, with security of supply and basic public services running smoothly.
Róbert Homolya, President of Stratosz, said that after the 30% wage increase in public service companies operating between 2017 and 2019, in 2020, in the year of the pandemic, in addition to retaining the workforce, another typically 10% wage increase took place.
- The unions are pleased that the government has decided to raise wages; the agreement was reached as a conclusion to a protracted series of negotiations, proposed by the unions for a period of several years. Each agreement reflects the results of negotiations at company level, according to a joint statement by the national trade union confederations.
The League of Trade Unions, the National Federation of Workers' Councils and the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation emphasized that it is important that the Public Utilities Consultation Forum continues to provide a meaningful framework for collective bargaining in the specific corporate sector due to the state's ownership role. In implementing this Agreement, the Parties shall take into account changes in economic and labor market developments and provide joint responses as necessary.
According to the summary of the Free Trade Union of Engineers and Technicians, this year, next year and in 2023, in addition to the development of the basic salary, the MÁV-Volán Group will receive a lump sum payment, which can also be requested in cash and on a Szép card. In addition, a significant element of the fringe benefit is the payment of a loyalty bonus.