Companies have to be competitive and innovativeness significantly aids them in this regard. On the other hand, if Poland wants businesses to be innovative, it should stimulate competition. Only then can larger profit margins, higher profits, and – consequently – higher wages be achieved. This is the crux of the Strategy for Responsible Growth, officially presented by Deputy PM and Minister of Economic Growth Mateusz Morawiecki on August 31st.
If the strategy is to become reality, the hybrid war waged against Uber and drivers working with the Uber mobile platform by some local governments. One cannot simultaneously support and combat innovation. One cannot simultaneously put one’s stakes on competitiveness and combat both a company and a business model revolutionizing – or rationalizing – the passenger transport market. One has to decide to pursue a given course and avoid acting as if in a state of split personality.
Threatening drivers who use the Uber mobile platform, as well as local government officials conducting completely illegal, is simply a scandal and an action against both the letter and the spirit of the law. One cannot turn a blind eye to those who have been monopolists using state officials to eliminate competition.
Arkadiusz Pączka, Director of the Legislation Monitoring Centre of Employers of Poland