Although minimum wage per hour is not yet included in Polish legislation, a political auction as to how high it should be – 12, 15 or maybe 20 PLN gross – is already underway. What Is even more important is how will benefit from it and how will be adversely affected.
Unions want the minimum wage per hour to be in place when it comes to civil contracts, such as order contracts. This would also stabilize the employment of those who work on the basis of such contracts. Employers are not happy with the idea.
– What counts in contracts for specific work is the final result and not the effort and time required to complete it, so in this case using the per hour rate is not possible – Łukasz Kozłowski, expert of Employers of Poland tells “Wyborcza”. – In theory, you could imagine it being used in order contracts, but that is a very complex matter. The work time of the person in question would have to be recorded and controlled, while the nature of order contracts lies in the independent activity of the employee. There are no legal grounds to control the time such a person spends at work.
The disagreement on minimum wage, has yet another aspect – geography.
– Let’s not forget that in big cities, such as Warsaw, the minimum wage is practically not used, but in many regions a raise may restrict local companies’ capacity for employment – assesses Kozłowski. – This applies to both per hour and per month wages. Increasing the minimum wage or introducing a minimum wage per hour will cause the poor and poorly educated to lose jobs.