Hungarian affiliate MASZSZ has informed the ITUC that it and other trade union bodies in the country have announced their support for the demands that the education system needs to be properly funded, and that the government’s centralising of the education system and other changes it has introduced caused overall dysfunction, with serious overload for teachers and pupils, and lack of basic materials in schools. MASZSZ also reports increasing intimidation of union representatives and increasing anti-union actions by employers across the country.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said: "The government’s refusal to work with teachers, and rejection of social dialogue, is a recipe for failure. The huge problems in the education sector are symptoms of a deeper malaise, affecting workers across the country. Instead of restricting workers’ rights and other civil liberties, the government should change course and engage in open and constructive discussions."
Link to the letter to Prime Minister Orbán: http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-letter-to-president-orban-re
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