Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Saturday against a proposed new labour law that allows employers to ask for up to 400 hours of overtime work per year, a move its critics have billed as the "slave law".
Members of trade unions gathered and marched waving banners like "we protest against the slave law" and "force your mother to do overtime".
The modification to the labour code submitted to Parliament this week has faced intense criticism, sparking the biggest street protest in over a year. Potentially, it could add two extra hours to an average work day, or the equivalent of an extra workday per week.
"We are all really upset about the way things are going in this country," Zoltan Laszlo, vice chairman of the Vasas ironworkers union, told Reuters. "This government just makes laws with scant consultation of those affected. Our health status is already abysmal. People who make these kinds of laws work against society. We'll show them that we can take our fate into our own hands. We are willing to turn a lot harsher."
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