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Government favours minimum wage increase to PLN 1,600 in 2013


The government will propose a 6.7% increase in the statutory minimum wage as of 2013, to PLN 1,600 (approx. €370) from PLN 1,500 (€347) at the moment, Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced on 12 June. The proposal will be put to the Tripartite Commission of government, employers and unions for discussion and approval.

The proposed increase is well short of those advanced by main union federations Solidarity and OPZZ, which want the minimum wage to be raised to PLN 1,626 (€376) and PLN 1,676 (€388) respectively. On the other hand, the leading employer federations Pracodawcy RP and PKPP Lewiatan argue it is the maximum that the economy can sustain in the current circumstances.

In 2011 the minimum wage was raised by 8.2%.

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