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30th anniversary


On November 22, 2018, the LIGA Trade Union LIGA Council held a meeting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the organization.

New Trade Union Workgroup at Vodafone


On 12th October 2017 Chairman of LIGA Trade Union Central Hungary had announced that Vodafone employees have founded the LIGA Trade Union Vodafone Employees Workgroup in Budapest, Hungary. The primary goals of the Trade Union –among others- are to enhance the financial and social status of employees within Vodafone Group''''s Hungarian affiliates. The 2 largest companies Vodafone operates in Hungary have a combined staff of approximately 4000.

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Visentini talks Orban on social rights


Luca Visentini, head of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) met Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the leaders of the Hungarian Trade Unions for talks at 8 of September 2017. 

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Solidarity and condolences


Solidarity letter of LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions to the Spanish people. 

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Conference about wage policy and wage distorsions


In Hungary, significant increase of minimum wage was introduced based on a tripartite agreement pushed by trade unions. This affects employees also in the field of public services and in state owned companies. In practise this triggered wage distortions that are difficult to handle in the public sector. To this end, LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions with the cooperation of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organised a Wage Conference on 9th of March 2017. In her introduction, president of LIGA underlined the importance of ETUC Pay Rise Campaign putting emphasis on common elements of wage increase demands on the European and national level.

Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!


New President

LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions from Hungary at the meeting of the LIGA Council on 26 May 2016, elected Ms. Melinda Dr. Doszpolyné Mészáros as a new president with 72,5% of the votes. Ms Mészáros'''' mandate as a president is until December 2017 when the next Ordinary LIGA Congress will be held. Ms Mészáros is coming from the Defence Workers'''' Trade Union. She has a legal background and she has been appointed as secretary general of LIGA since March 2014. She is the first woman who has ever been elected as a president of a trade union confederation in Hungary.

Newsletter 2016/I.


LIGA''s research project "An attempt to revitalize social dialogue and national industrial relations systems in some of the CEECs" - lesson learnt and best practices in the way out of the crisis" reached a new phase by publishing country studies. Hungarian teachers organized a demonstration in Budapest on 13 February and elsewhere around the country to push their demands for better working conditions and a reversal of the centralization of the education system. Mr István Gaskó resigned from his position officially on 17 February 2016. As a result of the national wage negotiations minimal wages rose in 2016 by 5,4% to the gross amount of 111.000 HUF (approx. 355 Euros), although through the negotiations no guidelines were issued for those wage levels, which are higher than official minimal wages.

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Thousands Join Teachers in Union Demo for School Reform


Despite the heavy rain, a crowd of more than ten thousand teachers and their supporters demonstrated yesterday in front of the Parliament building in Budapest, to demand reforms in the Hungarian education system, according to reports.

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Visegrad 4 Trade Union Meeting


The key economic and labor statistics are clearly proving that economic growth, increasing productivity in the V4 region have not been resulting the proportionate improvement in wages and living conditions.

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Sympathy and support to the French people on the 7th of January


LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions from Hungary have been closely following the tragic events of Paris. We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the series of terror attacks which challenges human society. We cannot be in Paris to commemorate with You personally on the 7th of January, but hereby we would like to convey our sincere sympathy and support to the French people on this sad occasion. We hope that your action will have a growing resonance inspiring more people to condemn violent attacks that are threatening our societies. We stand with You and the European trade union movement!

An attempt to revitalize social dialogue and national industrial relations


After having successfully applied for the Call for Proposals - VP/2014/004 entitled "Improving expertise in the field of international relations" of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, in December 2014 LIGA Trade Unions had the opportunity to launch its latest international research and training project titled "An attempt to revitalize social dialogue and national industrial relations systems in some of the CEECs-what we learned and best practices to get through the crisis".

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Impact assessment of the new Labour Code


Significant results have been achieved in preparing the impact assessment of the new Labour Code. Hungary’s new Labour Code that came in force in 2012, did not reach its initial aim to for making the labour market more flexible, increase competitiveness and employment level, although moderate increase in employment level in the private sector can be observed.

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School book for secondary school students about the working life


Young people face real and increasing difficulty in finding decent jobs on the labour market.
They enter the labour market with a very limited knowledge about working life, therefore LIGA, the Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions, has developed a complex textbook for secondary school students that includes a broad knowledge on topics related to working life, and tips on communication, basics of finances and rights at work.

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Condolences about the Ankara terrorist attack

110-DSK_logo.png110-kesk-logo.jpgOn behalf of LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions from Hungary, we would like to express our deepest condolences about the terrorist attack in Ankara. One of our young colleague arrived back from Brussels from last week''''''''''''''''s ETUI training on trade union renewal with full of experiences and renewed energy which has been now shadowed by sadness of the loss of her new Turkish colleague Ali Kitapci, who also lost his life at this terrible event. We are with the Turkish trade unions DISK and KESK and the promoters of the peaceful demonstration, with the families and friends of those that have lost their lives!

Introducing unions to young people


We have collected these best practises for young trade unionists who are working with youth to give them ideas for their daily work. We sincerely hope that by sharing these best practises we will be able to add value to your work in further building the trade union movement in the future. This brochure was initiated by the PERC Youth Committee and compiled by Adrienn Hangonyi, LIGA-Hungary, Committee member, in 2015.

EU has to act together, show compassion and agree asylum policy


Justice and Home Affairs Ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday must show that EU Governments are capable of acting together, decisively and with compassion towards refugees.
“EU Governments have got to respond positively to President Juncker’s proposals to tackle the humanitarian emergency on our borders” said Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation. “The inability of European Governments to act together so far on the refugee crisis is an international embarrassment for the EU and its citizens.”

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UNHCR viewpoint: Refugee or migrant - Which is right?


With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean in the headlines almost daily, it is becoming increasingly common to see the terms refugee and migrant being used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter?

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Victory for the Human Right to Water


With today''s vote the EP demands that the EC make concrete legislative proposals to recognize the HR to water and sanitation as defined by the UN. This victory is for the supporters of the Right to Water and also for democracy in the European Union.

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ITUC Global Rights Index


The ITUC Global Rights Index was launched last week in Geneva during the International Labour Conference. We have been collecting data on the abuse of trade union rights around the world for more than 30 years.

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National referendum campaign for the retirement of men after 40 years of work


MASZSZ, the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation and LIGA Trade Unions both support the collection of signatures for a referendum on entitling men to retire after 40 years of service. This right has been open for women since 2012.

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The 2015-2017 Work Programme of the European Social Partners


The European Union is at a crossroads. There have been timid signs of recovery in the last years in some countries, in particular those most affected by the crisis, but the recovery in many Member States lacks momentum with some Member States in deflation. The financial crisis that struck the EU in 2008 – and which subsequently turned into an economic and social one – continues to have severe effects, with 23.8 million unemployed people in the EU in February 2015 – of whom around 4.85 million were young people under the age of 25 – and many companies, including SMEs are still closing down. Much more effort will be needed to reach the EU unemployment levels prior to the crisis, i.e. 16.2 million people in 2008.

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New ILO handbook on Education for the Unions


The Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) has just published a new handbook which addresses “Educating for Union Strength”. In this interview, the ACTRAV Senior Programme Officer for Asia and the Pacific, Ariel Castro explains the issues surrounding the topic of education in the world of work, for the trade union movement in particular.

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Hungarian Government must stop criminalisation of migrants, says ETUC


The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is extremely worried by the so-called ‘national consultation about immigration and terrorism’ recently launched by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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International Workers'' Memorial Day - 28 April 2015


On this day, European trade unionists commemorate the 100,000 colleagues and friends, fathers, mothers, daughters and sons killed every year in the EU by cancers – caused at work – which are entirely preventable. In Hungary, we remember those 69 colleagues whom we have lost last year because of a workplace accident.

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Unions in Hungary seek referendum to overturn shopping ban


Hungarian trade unions will try to launch a referendum to overturn a new rule banning most stores from opening on Sundays. Istvan Gasko, president of the Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions, said Monday the government had held only "pretend negotiations" before making the decision, which affects most stores across the country from March 15.

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LIGA: solidarity with CSC, FGTB, CGSLB


LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions from Hungary is following with great concern the social and economic situation of Belgium. We were observing as well the success of your demonstration organised on 6 November.

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Newsletter 2014/III.


LIGA called for demonstration on 21 November and organises half lane road clousores all over Hungary on 15 December. Due to the fruitless negotiations LIGA Trade Unions called for a protest demonstration in Budapest on 21st of November against the Tax laws (including extra tax on cafeteria which since has been partially withdrawn) and submission of the Finance law without any consultation with the social partners.

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Role of international labour standards in Europe


The Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the ILO organized a seminar on 29th of October 2014 in Budapest, Hungary to highlight the role of international labour standards in ensuring decent work and better working conditions. Participants included representatives of the Hungarian government, employers'''''''' and workers'''''''' organisations as well as the ILO, and the European Commission.

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Newsletter 2014/II.


LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions from Hungary welcomes the Reader of our Newsletter 2014/II, which aims to keep its international partners up-to-date with what is happening around LIGA and Hungary. In the last few months - amongst other issues - we had the elections in Hungary, and also the International Day for Work Safety.

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Newsletter 2014/I.


LIGA, Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions from Hungary welcomes the Reader of our Newsletter 2014/I, which is planned to be sent in every second month, and aims to keep its international partners up-to-date with what is happening around LIGA and Hungary.

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Solidarity with the Ukrainian workers


The LIGA, Democratic League of independent Trade Unions from Hungary expresses its concern about the escalating situation in Ukraine and sends its solidarity to the workers.

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May 1st: Keep Up the Momentum to Bring a Strong Social Dimension to the EU


On May 1st, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is celebrating, along with all European workers, Labour Day. The European trade union continues to press heads of state and government for a European Union with a strong social dimension. On May 2nd, ETUC General Secretary Bernadette Ségol will address the board of EU Commissioners with the following message: “citizens and workers have lost confidence; give priority to growth and employment. Democratic support for the European project is at stake.

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Europe Must Address Its Social Debt


The debt crisis and how to get out of it is being discussed everywhere. And so it should. But there is a social debt which is just as central to save Europe as the monetary debt.

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28 April 2012 - Workers'''' Memorial Day


International Workers'' Memorial Day, remembers and honours those who have been killed, injured, or suffered ill-health due to their working conditions. It is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and to promote campaigns and union organisations which strive for continuous improvements in workplace health and safety.

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Industrial relations in the new member-states, the reasons of the low trade union membership and its decreasing trend in relation to EU-15 countries


In 2011 our organization has finished the participation in the European project cofinansed by the European Commission and Polish Trade Union "Solidarnosc". The project basic goals were: to diagnose the downward trend of the trade union membership; to increase the awareness and understanding of the improvement industrial relations on all levels and to equip the social stakeholders involved in industrial relations in the tools facilitating the identification, prevention and solution the trade union membership problems in companies.

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The ETUC Condemns the Nationalistic Turn Being Taken by Hungary


The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is seriously concerned at the nationalistic, authoritarian turn being taken by the government in Hungary. Citizens are now subject to a Constitution which stifles freedom and daily erodes their public and private liberties. Media pluralism and the independence of the justice system are under threat.

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LIGA Newsletter - September 2011


There has been a lot of interest in the Hungarian situation lately from our international partners; therefore we have prepared this analysing newsletter to keep you informed.

Some provisions from the new draft Labour Code


The review of the main concept of the Hungarian Labour Code (hereafter LC) has been on the agenda for years but no real progress was made. In the middle of June, the draft of the new act (hereafter the Proposal) was published on the website of the Ministry of National Economy which – in case it is passed – would change the foundations of the philosophy of labour law regulations.

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Hungarian Employees at the Centenary Jubilee Conference of the ILO


Dear Director, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to represent the Hungarian employees at this centenary jubilee conference of the ILO. It is also a great pleasure for me to greet the conference participants on their behalf.

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Tripartit social dialogue abolished


The annoncement of the government was made without any consultation with the social partners.
It destroys the established and recognised tripartism of 23 years - which has proved its usefulness by finding concensus on economic and social issues, in difficult times as well. The Hungarian system of national tripartism has served as a positive example for many in the CEE region.

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About our current situation in Hungary


As described in a letter to John Monks, Secretary General of the ETUC, the situation of workers and trade unions is not really looking good in Hungary.

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About us


The LIGA Trade Unions (Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions) has been supporting Hungarian employees since 1988. More than 80 member organisations are present throughout the country both in geographic and in sectoral terms. The membership of the Liga Trade unions was made up in 2007 by 100 644 certified – registered through public notary document - organised workers working in all spheres of life in the public and private sectors.

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The History of LIGA Trade Unions (1988-2008)


On 14 May 1988 nearly a thousand university employees affected by actions founded amidst adventurous conspiracies the Democratic Trade Union of Scientific Workers (Tudományos Dolgozók Demokratikus Szakszervezete, TDDSZ) which was the first independent organisation separate from National Council of Trade Unions (Szakszervezetek Országos Tanácsától, SZOT)

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The Programme of the Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions



The programme of LIGA Trade Unions, coming into effect from 2009, has been developed on the basis of the past few years’ experiences and in view of the expected changes in the following years. The programme defines the goals of our activities in the area of national interest representation and the main directions of the confederation’s trade union policy.

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LIGA comprises of member organisations with the right to establish sections. Member of the LIGA confederations can become any trade union or trade union federation that fulfils the requirements as set by Act II./1989, is not conducting anti-constitutional activities, is not dependant of any trade union centre following contradictory and opposing principles to those of the LIGA, is independent of the employers and of political parties, is not affiliated member to any other trade union confederation and accepts the Statute and the Programme of the LIGA.

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