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Hungary To Stop Consulting Unions On Minimum Wages - Agency

Published Tuesday, 31st May 2011 04:25 pm - © 2011 Dow Jones

BUDAPEST -(Dow Jones)- Hungary's government will change its current practice and start setting the rate of minimum wages without consulting trade unions nor employers' representatives, state news agency MTI's Econews service said Tuesday.

Econews cited a draft bill from the government submitted to parliament Monday.

The proposed bill drops the government's current obligation to stipulate a minimum wage based on consultations with the National Interest Coordination Council, or OET.

The OET--which is currently the forum that provides national wage recommendations and the minimum wage--comprises representatives of several trade unions, employers and the government, as one of the largest employers.

The government's bill also suggests the creation of a new organization, the National Economic and Social Council, or NGTT, which would replace the existing interest coordination bodies, Econews said.

The NGTT would comprise academics, church representatives and civil organizations, in addition to representatives of employers and employees.

-By Margit Feher, Dow Jones Newswires; +361 267 0622;

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