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Despite the salary increase announced by the government on Thursday, educators say the government is only offering them supplemental pay, which can be revoked at any time.

It is only supplemental pay that is increasing and not base salaries, say the teachers’ unions. Moreover, teachers will not be able to use these bonus increases for overtime work.

The government has already published a decree stating that teachers’ salaries will increase by 10% in January, but the unions are pushing for a raise in base salaries. More precisely, they want the government to keep its previous promise and adjust teacher salaries to the current minimum salary.

The Democratic Union of Teachers told news channel RTL Híradó that they were preparing for a two-hour “warning strike.”

The government has responded that teachers can expect a comprehensive wage settlement in 2023.

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.