Polish gov’t backs higher minimum wage

The Polish government has proposed to increase the minimum wage in the country next year to 2250 PLN (522 Euro, 605 USD) per month, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday.

“We have made a decision at a meeting of the Cabinet to recommend a higher than originally planned minimum wage — PLN 2,250” a month, Morawiecki told reporters.

“This is also a symbol of the fact that we want the Polish economy to be based on development driven not by low wages, but by rising wages,” he added.

The government had previously proposed setting the minimum wage next year at PLN 2,220 a month, and the minimum hourly rate at PLN 14.50.

The minimum wage is currently set at PLN 2,100 a month. Minimum hourly pay is PLN 13.70.

The average monthly wage in Poland in the first quarter of this year rose to PLN 4,622, the country’s Central Statistical Office said in May.

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