Polish gov’t to debate hike in minimum wage
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s conservative government was on Tuesday to debate plans to raise the country’s minimum wage.
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Under the plans, the minimum wage would increase 5 percent next year from the current PLN 2,000 (EUR 471, USD 563) a month before taxes to PLN 2,100.
The government is also planning to raise the minimum hourly wage to PLN 13.70 gross, up from PLN 13.
Several trade unions have been pressing for a minimum monthly wage of PLN 2,220.
Jan Guz, head of the OPZZ union, argued that the Polish economy was in good shape, unemployment at a record low and the increase in the minimum wage should be significant.
But employers proposed that the minimum wage should increase to PLN 2,050, with some arguing that any hike would hit both businesses and consumers.
The Family, Labour and Social Policy Ministry estimates that 1.4 million Poles earn the minimum wage.