When it comes to minimum wage, politicians tend to suggest solutions which are either already in place or egregiously unjust and easy to avoid.
PiS and PO, the two biggest rivals on the political scene, agree on two things – a minimum wage per hour should be introduced and the rat should be 12 PLN. Their propositions differ in details – the opposition wants the regulation to apply solely the recipients of orders who are paid per hour. PiS members of the parliament have submitted an amendment to the laws pertaining to this issue. The government could not lag behind.
– A political auction has begun with regards to the minimum wage. Meanwhile, in recent years, the minimum wage has been growing quicker than the average wage – 10 years ago it was less than 40 percent of the average wage, now it is closing in on 50 percent and is the highest in the region, higher than eg. in the Czech Republic, a country richer than Poland – comments Łukasz Kozłowski, expert of Employers of Poland.
He emphasizes that these suggestions do not take the regional differences in wages into account. In poorer regions, the minimum wage will be only marginally lower than the average wage.
– As a result, one has to be prepared for some employers to substitute contracts of employment with civil law contracts, as the latter are not subject to minimum wage regulations. Should the minimum wage apply to these contracts too, employment on the grey market will increase – he adds.