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LMP calls on government to raise teachers’ wages from January 1

Opposition LMP has called on the government to raise the wages of teachers to 700,000 forints (EUR 1,800) from Jan 1 "as promised by the head of the Prime Minister's Office".

Antal Csardi told a press conference on Wednesday that there was “nothing left to wait for” now that the European Commission has released funding for Hungary.

He said his party had submitted a question to the interior minister querying whether teachers would receive a wage hike given the extraordinary restructuring of funds or if the budget would be amended in parliament’s spring session. He added that LMP also wanted to know when the amendment would enter into effect.

Csardi said the 10 percent pay rise teachers are set to receive from January would still mean that their real wages would decline.

“The ball is now in the government’s court,” he said, noting that it had to raise teachers’ wages which would later be covered by the EU.

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