– What awaits the miners? – asked the media in recent weeks. On Saturday we got the answer. Thanks to determination and a complete lack of concern for the costs that will have to be paid by society, unions have defeated the government – writes Adviser of the President of Employers of Poland Leszek Juchniewicz.
– The winners are those who not only retained their jobs but also received guaranteed of employment and improved severance pay. Just to make it clear: I understand the hardships of work underground. What I do not understand is why administrative employees will be among the beneficiaries of negotiations. There are administration jobs in many other sectors of economy and in most cases they have no additional guarantees, apart from general Labour Code regulations – Juchniewicz points out.
According to him, the government based the agreement mostly on social, rather than economic, foundations – despite the fact that entrepreneurs and economists have long appealed for a shift of focus towards increasing economic growth, improving the competitiveness of the economy and actively combating unemployment.
– The agreement signed on Saturday has nothing to do with concern with maintaining a strong economy and support for entrepreneurship. The government simply presented a gift without expecting anything in return. What is more, it abandoned the principles which, thus far, have been the cornerstones of Poland’s stable economic situation – proven market mechanisms, conflict resolution in the course of social dialogue and equal treatment of employees – assesses Juchniewicz.
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