Opposition mayors have issued a joint statement in support of the strike by those working in education. The document was signed by a total of 14 mayors of the Budapest district and Gergely Karácsony, mayor.
“The right of employees of public educational institutions to strike cannot be restricted. We stand up for those who have been harmed! ”
– read the statement sent to our editorial office. Mayors point out that strike is a fundamental labor right and that right cannot be restricted. Nevertheless, the government believes it intends to “take indecent action” against the warning strike on 31 January and rules out allowing as many public education workers as possible to raise their voices over the grievances it has suffered.
The mayors claim they have received several indications that those joining the warning strike are being threatened with employer action.
“In a sector struggling with labor shortages, this is even harsh. That is why we condemn all attempts and messages that want to limit this action. ”
– they write.
They add that the government should work and negotiate instead of intimidate and seek a solution instead of threatening. “We undertake not to restrict the right of those working in our public education institutions to strike. And for those who have been violated, we stand by them! ”
Christmas Gergely, mayor
Márta Naszályi, Mayor of the 1st District
Gergely Örsi, II. mayor of the district
Dr. László Kiss, III. mayor of the district
Tibor Déri, IV. mayor of the district
Tamás Soproni, VI. mayor of the district
Péter Niedermüller, VII. mayor of the district
András Pikó, VIII. mayor of the district
Krisztina Baranyi, IX. mayor of the district
Dr. Imre László, XI. mayor of the district
Dr. József Tóth, XIII. mayor of the district
Csaba Horváth, XIV. mayor of the district
Cserdiné Németh Angéla, XV. mayor of the district
Sándor Szaniszló, XVIII. mayor of the district
Gajda Péter, XIX. mayor of the district
On Thursday, Zoltán Maruzsa, the Secretary of State for Public Education, wrote a letter to the institutions, which he also circulated in the KRÉTA system. The letter states that there is no legal basis for the strike planned for Monday, as the court has not yet made a decision on the provision of sufficient services during the strike. Representatives in the negotiations discussed during the strike committee expect the government to teach teachers the strike as well, but the unions did not go into it. However, the government refused to accept the offer of PSZ and PDSZ.
The two unions respond to the letter, saying Maruzsa was wrong to talk about the illegality of the strike.
“There are all legal bases for the organization of the strike and the preparation for Monday’s strike, contrary to the statement of the Secretary of State to the contrary and to Act VII of 1989 on the strike. camel. It violates Section 1 (2), according to which no one may be forced to abstain from a strike ”
– they write. They do, in order to establish sufficient services, they have turned to the Metropolitan Court, the judicial body is expected to make its decision in the case today. As previously reported, the Department of Human Resources issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the teacher strike, claiming the warning strike announced for Monday is not legal, there is no final court decision on it, “children can be safely taken to school”. “Left-wing campaign leaders would once again put working parents who are already in a difficult position due to illness and school quarantine.”
According to the Democratic Union of Teachers (PDSZ) and the Teachers’ Union (PSZ), which organized the strike, the EMMI cannot take a position on the question of whether the strike is legal instead of an independent Hungarian court; its statements in this regard are liable to mislead the strikers, to obstruct constitutional law, to exercise the right to strike, to intimidate contracts intended to strike, and to insecure the heads of institutions and others involved in the organization of the strike.
MTI / Zsolt Szigetváry