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Socialists call on government to disclose content of cabinet meeting

The Socialists has called on the government to disclose the contents of the Saturday cabinet meeting, also attended by Zoltan Maruzsa, the state secretary for public education, and Peter Horvath, the head of the National Teacher Association.

Socialist co-head Agnes Kunhalmi told an online press conference held in front of the interior ministry on Sunday that the party wanted to know “the prime minister’s views on the protests in the sector and their dire [working] conditions”.

She said the protests were fuelled by the low wages and professional issues, but also by “the government’s failure to keep their promise” to raise wages apace with the minimum wage. “Had the prime minister kept his promise to teachers, they would have had an 80 percent wage hike by now,” she said.

The government is expecting European Union resources to fund wage hikes, but the “issue is one of sovereignty as education is a competency of member states,” she said.

“Since the government is not divulging what happened at the cabinet meeting on Saturday, the Socialists are calling on Zoltan Maruzsa and Peter Horvath to tell the public what they told the prime minister,” she said.

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