Budapest does not rule out reviewing the controversial labor law that sparked protests

Budapest does not rule out reviewing the controversial labor law that sparked protests

The Hungarian government of the prime minister, conservative nationalist Viktor Orbán, admitted today that he could revise the recently approved controversial labor law that sparked an unusual wave of citizen protests.

"If this does not work well, the government will consider amending the law, just as it did with other economic laws," Balázs Hidvéghi, director of communications for the ruling Fidesz party, told private television ATV today.

The politician referred to the law adopted last week in Parliament with the votes of the majority of the Fidesz, which, criticized by the opposition, sparked a series of mass protests in the streets of Budapest and other cities, partly violent.

The new provision increases the number of extra hours per year from 250 to 400, which means that certain employees may be required to work six days a week.

In addition, it gives the employer the possibility of postponing up to 36 months the payment of that additional work.

In an unusual unity, all the opposition parties not only adhered to the street protests, but also joined the organizers of the protests.

Hidvéghi lashed out today against them by saying that his goal is "to achieve power by breaking the democratic framework."

The Government of Orbán, in power since 2010, criticized from within and outside the country by a whole series of measures that limit freedom and fundamental rights in Hungary, rarely, and only under strong external pressure, has agreed to give back with its controversial legislations.

Hundreds of Hungarians returned to the streets of several cities last night, continuing the protests of recent days, although with a more moderate participation.

Thus, for example, the demand "Out Orbán" resounded once again, in the city of Eger, in the east of the country, amid the shouts of the demonstrators who placed chains in front of the Fidesz headquarters, a symbolic act in protest against the so-called "law of slavery", reports the portal "" today.

For tomorrow night, Friday, a new protest march has been called in Budapest, which will focus on asking the President of the Republic, János Áder, not to sign the controversial law and thus prevent its entry into force.


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