The Hungarian trade union confederations are shocked to learn from the Slovak trade unionists that the Minister of Labour of the Slovak Republic intends to prevent through legislative changes the operation of trade unions and the existing system of tripartite consultation.
The Confederation of Unions of Professionals (ÉSZT), the Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions (Liga), the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation (MASZSZ), the National federation of Workers’ Councils (MOSZ) and the Forum for the Co-operation of Trade Unions (SZEF) consider unacceptable to seek to impose conditions by law which clearly lead to the loss of the right of trade unions to negotiate. The measures envisaged would violate several international conventions, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions 87. and 98. which have been ratified by the Slovak Republic and go against the core values of the European Union. This would harm not only interest representation of trade union members, but also that of the entire society.
The right to freedom of association, to freely organise is a fundamental human right! Meaningful social dialogue is essential not only for the functioning of the world of labour, but also for the good of the economy and society.
Hungarian trade unions have been fighting against similar type of government actions and intentions in their home countries for several years. Therefore, Hungarian trade union confederations empathise with and fully support the struggle of our Slovak trade unions and colleagues.
We are in solidarity with you! We wish that through the demonstrations you organise achieve your goal and force the Government of the Slovak Republic abandon its plans!
Budapest, 17. 09. 2020.
ÉSZT Liga MASZSZ Munkástanácsok SZEF