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LMP proposes semiannual pay rise to public employees

The opposition LMP has proposed that the government should ensure a pay rise twice each year to employees of the public sector to compensate for inflation.

A party spokesman told a press conference broadcast on Facebook on Sunday that the move could prevent those salaries from losing their value. The measure could cost between 250-300 billion forints in 2022, Jozsef Gal said, adding that the programme could be financed by introducing a new, 25 percent upper bracket for the corporate tax.

Gal noted notoriously low pay in the sector, which has led to a labour shortage in health care, education, law enforcement and welfare services. He said, for example, that the salary of a young policeman was a mere 207,000 forints (EUR 520).

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