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“Rzeczpospolita”: SLD will punish you all


I would like to suggest that, as part of the pre-election populism contest, SLD file drafts of bills involving whipping as punishment for owners of companies that prosper too well (a fourth tax threshold of sorts) and the social redistribution of goods akin to wat we saw recently in Spain – by means of destroying storefronts owned by odious capitalists. I do not understand why SLD restricts itself to creating drafts of new criminal regulations aimed at entrepreneurs – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.


– Once, even his political opponents would admit that he is an old fox, capable of planning several political moves ahead. This time, the members of his club have gone even further than their leader in long-term political strategy. Although we have an election coming this fall, they are already planning for the next elections. Their electorate will apparently be based mostly on the unemployed and the convicted – as the draft they so proudly present may cause both aforementioned groups to grow in numbers – assesses Malinowski.


According to him, by filing drafts of amendments to as many as three bills – the Criminal Code, the Labour Code and the law regulating social security – SLD was inspired by the infamous cross-controls in companies. – It has to be said that the draft is very cohesive, as it boils down to one thing: more punishment! – he adds.


SLD wants penalties for signing contracts later than a day before the employee starts working, for each labour code infringement and penalties based on the labour code for those to whom the code does not apply.


– The first regulation is decidedly harsher than the EU regulations currently in force. The aim is to eliminate unregistered employment – not to make the labour market more flexible, not to create better conditions for employers and not to restrict obstacles in employment. In the global debate on how to combat the grey market, SLD has found a simple solution: more penalties – writes the President of Employers of Poland.


What about the contracts that are not contracts of employment and as such are not subject to Labour Code regulations? According to the drafts they would be and the punishment would be serious: from fines to community service or even jail.


– Blaming all your woes, problems, guilt and frustration on someone else, preferably some social group, gives one an opportunity to blow off steam and provides temporary relief. Looking at SLD’s situation, its need for relief may be more and more pressing. However, if it continues coming forward with such harmful initiatives, it may find itself soothing its nerves outside of the parliament – summarizes Malinowski.