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Minimum wage to rise by 7% in 2011?


Representatives of employers and trade unions have finally reached agreement about the scale of the increase in statutory minimum wage as of 2011, resolving their long-standing differences just before the 15 September deadline.

Under the agreement, the minimum wage would rise by 6.9% effective from 1 January, to PLN 1,408 (approx. €358). This is a more generous increase than the 5.2% rise (to PLN 1,386 or €352), proposed by the government earlier this year. However, Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave a strong indication that he did not favour such a steep rise, and announced that the government would come up with a final proposal in two weeks’ time.

Less than 10% of all workers receive the minimum wage, but in certain regions the percentage is much higher.

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