– We are not opposed to the minimum wage as such, although in the case of the self-employed it will be hard to finance ZUS contributions. The value of the minimum wage is key – we should not go too far. It was supposed to be 12 PLN, but after the sizeable valorization, it will be as much as 13 PLN. It seems that the approach could be more cautious, at least until we see what the consequences are, at which point we could wonder whether it should be increased further – said expert of Employers of Poland in TVN24.
– If we go too far with minimum wages, employment may drop – warns Kozłowski. – Sixty or seventy years ago in Chicago, manually operating lifts was a particularly popular job. When the unions fought for the minimum wage to be increased twofold, everyone lost their jobs, because eventually automatic lifts were introduced. It could be said that the minimum wage will make entrepreneurs more innovative, but it will be innovation aimed at finding solutions which will enable them to substitute labour with capital – he explained.
– One should keep in mind that in many counties such a minimum wage would amount to as much as 80 percent of the average wage. (…) It is hard to find common denominators for different regions. The minimum wage will probably not have much impact on Warsaw, but in other areas of the country, the consequences could be quite serious – Kozłowski pointed out.