Hungary ‘slave law’ protesters target state broadcaster

Hungary’s public broadcaster MTVA has become the target of demonstrators angry at the government’s controversial new labour law. Protesters took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day to object to what they call “slave laws”.

Earlier two independent MPs were thrown out of MTVA’s headquarters after they tried to broadcast a petition against the measures. Since they were forcibly ejected other opposition MPs have taken their places.

New rules mean companies can demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year and delay payment for it for three years, though that is disputed by an MEP from the governing party.

At least 10,000 people rallied in Budapest on Sunday – a rare large-scale anti-government demonstration in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies enjoy widespread support, despite repeated condemnation from other EU nations.

The government says the labour reform will benefit workers as well as companies who need to fill a labour shortage.

BBC (17 December 2018)
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