Polish gov’t approves minimum wage hike

Poland’s government has approved a plan to increase the country’s minimum wage to PLN 2,800 (EUR 630, USD 750) a month as of January.

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Meanwhile, the minimum hourly rate will go up to PLN 18.30 (EUR 4.10, USD 4.90) effective January 1, officials said on Tuesday.

The country’s minimum monthly wage rose to PLN 2,600 at the start of this year, from PLN 2,250 in 2019.

Meanwhile, the minimum hourly rate in Poland is currently set at PLN 17, up from PLN 14.70 a year earlier.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said last year that a series of minimum wage hikes planned by Poland’s ruling conservatives would be an investment in the nation’s future and an effort to increase its prosperity.

Poland’s conservative leader Jarosław Kaczyński announced in September last year that the Polish minimum monthly wage would grow to PLN 3,000 at the end of 2020 and then rise further to PLN 4,000 three years later.

But Deputy Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Alina Nowak said this week that the coronavirus epidemic and an economic slowdown had caused a change of plans.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Polish economy contracted 8.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said last month.

The average gross Polish monthly wage in July was PLN 5,381, according to the state-run statistics agency.

(gs/pk)

Source: IAR

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