A billion PLN from employers’ contributions will be spent on miners by Ewa Kopacz’s government. The money was collected with other goals in mind.
The mining industry restructuring plan which has just been passed by Sejm includes spending 1 bln PLN from the Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund on severance pay for miners. This is in conflict with the act regulating the Fund’s functioning.
The Fund, financed by companies’ and employees’ contributions, should serve as a security measure against the inability to pay wages for companies in bankruptcy – the Fund finances wages when it cannot be done using the bankruptcy estate. It can help companies temporarily protect jobs, a.o. by financing training for employees affected by the so-called “economic standstill”. The act includes no mention of the possibility of spending the money on special severance pay for reduced employees. The issue is particularly controversial as the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, who manages the Fund’s money is to present the 1 bln PLN mentioned above for the disposal of the Minister of Economy. This is an unprecedented occurrence.
Employers are outraged with the Minister’s decision. – Our contributions make up the Fund and the government spends it as it pleases yet again – says Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland. – This is particularly damning, as it is the government that caused such a difficult situation in mining – he adds.