President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski underlined that the twentieth jubilee of the Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund, held on November 17th at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, should be the start of a debate on changes to the Fund.
In the opinion of President Malinowski, the support guaranteed by the Fund should be initiated earlier – when a company has temporary financial problems rather than when it is practically bankrupt. The impact of social partners, including employers – as contribution payers – on the functioning of the Fund should be bigger than it has been before. The President also suggested transforming the institution into a guarantee fund which would make it easier for entrepreneurs to receive credit. Thanks to such a solution support would be more accessible – resources from the Fund would help companies regain financial liquidity and, as a result, maintain jobs.
President Malinowski stated that the possibility of suspending the collection of contributions would be worth considering – particularly as the Fund has a significant financial surplus. – Such a move would restrict job costs, which would result in increased employment and economic growth – said Andrzej Malinowski, underlining the fact that Employers of Poland would actively participate in the debate on the Fund’s future. – I hope that decision makers do not leave our suggestions unanswered – concluded President Malinowski. Jerzy Bartnik, chairman of the Polish Crafts Association raised similar points.
Minister of Labour and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz thanked employers for their valuable contributions and assured that their suggestions will be thoroughly analyzed. – I agree that the Fund should also be used when changes affecting Polish entrepreneurs are underway – said the minister.