Low salaries policy is against interests of Poland: ruling party leader

Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) told Polish public radio, that party proposals to increase the minimum wage will not harm the Polish economy.

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On Saturday, Mr Kaczyński 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). In 2019, the minimum wage in Poland stands at PLN 2,250 (EUR 519.19).

“What we are doing is in the interest of millions of employees, entrepreneurs... and in the interest of the Polish economy,” Mr Kaczyński told Polish Radio.

“I spoke with the head of the central bank who gave me preliminary estimates about whether these changes will negatively influence the economy. That will not happen.”

The PiS leader said that the policy of low salaries is against the interests of employees. “This is against the interests of the nation as a whole because we should develop ourselves, notstand still. We want to change it, we are changing it and we will continue changing it,” he declared.

He stressed that businesses will not go bankrupt if they “are able to function in the new reality, but they have several years to prepare themselves.”

Mr Kaczyński expressed his hope that economic proposals will encourage people, who emigrated from Poland, to return to their homeland.

“We believe that the Polish model of a prosperous state will result with the return to Poland of a significant part of those who emigrated,” he said.

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Kaczyński responds to minister

In an interview with Polish Press Agency, Mr Kaczyński referred to the words of Jadwiga Emilewicz, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister, who earlier this week told private broadcaster TVN24 that the government economic proposals “were not consulted with her,” and have to be a subject of high-level consultations.

“Minister Emilewicz, speaking about consultations, reminded us about a natural and obvious thing, which are procedures, which are necessary in the legislation process. They will be fulfilled, when we work over the bills,” the PiS leader said. “What was announced ... will be introduced, the political decision has been made.”