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Poland plans 15 % rise in minimum wage in 2020

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Poland Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said his country plans to increase its monthly minimum wage by 15 per cent to 2,600 zloty ($660) in 2020 from 2,250 zloty in 2015.

Morawiecki made this announcement during a press conference in Lowicz on Tuesday.

He said Poland was taking the first step towards the ruling party’s electoral promise to significantly hike the minimum wage in the coming years.

“The minimum wage will increase to 2,600 zloty as of next year and as of January 2021, we declared 3,000 zloty, of course if the voters entrust us the mission of continuing the government,’’ Morawiecki said.

The ruling Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, during the electoral convention of the Oct. 13 parliamentary ballot, said its goal was to build a Polish version of the welfare state.

The party said it wanted to raise the minimum wage to 2,600 zloty next year, 3,000 zloty in 2021 and 4,000 zlotys in 2023.

The government’s press centre said in a statement that the draft regulation on the 2020 minimum wage increase has been approved by the government.

The increase means that the minimum wage will correspond to nearly 50 per cent of the forecast average wage in the country in 2020.

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Edited by Hadiza Mohammed/Abdulfatah Babatunde

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