Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that the Polish model of prosperity should be “a model of fair and solidary growth.”
The PM was asked about the recent declarations of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party about increasing the minimum wage in Poland in the forthcoming years.
On Saturday, Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of PiS, announced that by the end of 2020, the minimum wage in Poland will reach PLN 3,000 (EUR 687.8), while by the end of 2023 – PLN 4,000 (EUR 917).
“I know it may be surprising for some people, but we want to finish the chapter of Poland’s modern history called ‘country of law salaries and cheap workforce’. We want to build a prosperous state and in medium and long-term make Poland the best country to live in Europe,” the PM said.
He added that there is a line of arguments supporting the idea of increasing the minimum wage. “Over the period of transformation, salaries in Poland rose slower than in the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary. That was a trap which caused a lot of social problems we have to face today, such as mass emigration and workers who hardly made ends meet,” the PM said.
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He stressed that minimum wage at 50-60 percent of average wage helped Western countries to reduce the social inequalities. “Polish prosperity model has to be a model of solidary and fair growth,” the PM stressed.
Asked whether he fears a negative reaction of entrepreneurs on increasing the minimum wage, he said the Polish government “systematically introduces solutions helping the Polish entrepreneurs to develop. Double decrease of CIT [Corporate Income Tax], ‘small ZUS’ [social insurance] for smallest companies with the lowest profits, we have also ‘cut’ in half the amount of law produced annually from 30,000 pages to 16,000,” the PM said.
Mr Morawiecki also emphasised that the government cares about the modernisation of Polish companies, their foreign expansion and more investments.