- There is no discrimination against elderly people on Polish labour market. Employers value the loyalty and experience of older employees and are keen to use their competences, if the circumstances allow them to. The key issue is the activity of elderly people and the tools to support it – Andrzej Malinowski said at the “Healthy Aging Congress”.
Minister of Labour and Social Policy Władysław Kosinia-Kamysz and Minister of Health Bartosz Arłukowicz were also among the participants of the panel on the future of the Polish labour market in relation to the aging of Polish society.
In Sejm, works on an amendment to the Employment Promotion and Labour Market Institutions Act are currently underway. Changes will most likely come into force in March or April – according to Andrzej Malinowski, they will create opportunities for a better labour activation of elderly people. This is important, as the aging of societies is one of the biggest contemporary challenges, which Poland will surely have to deal with in the future, due to the demographic structure of the Polish population.
Many European countries have already implemented solutions encouraging elderly people to continue working. An economy based on the knowledge, skills and work of elderly people is known as silver economy.