Shorter working time? Zandberg: We want to do it safely, an invoice will be added

I must admit that I am very happy that it seems that in the next election campaign we will no longer be talking about whether or not to shorten working time in Poland, but about shortening working time in Poland – He said sandberg at the Sunday press conference in Legnica.

Poland is one of the busiest countries in Europe

He emphasized that party together has believed for years that Poland is one of the most overworked countries in Europe. We work – if you look at the number of hours worked per year – almost the longest of all European countries, and at the same time this does not translate into particularly high wages compared to other countries, for example across the Oder – he noted.

As he said, Poland based its competitiveness on long hours of poorly paid work. We need to change that, we need to build an economy in Poland that is more knowledge-based and less exploitative, and we need to do it wisely and sensibly He stated.

The bill is still in the summer

We wanna come down from weekly working time up to 35 hours. We want to do it in a way that is safe for the economy so that no employee loses a single zloty – said the politician from the left, announcing that the bill would be introduced in the summer.

He emphasized that the process of reducing working time; would take place gradually. Each subsequent year, employees would work an hour or two less per week so that this could be done flexibly. Of course we want people to be able to make decisions, because there are companies where it is more convenient for people to work four days a week and accumulate 35 hours in those four days. There are also those where people choose to work an hour less each day — explained Zandberg, adding that politicians can’t be smarter than employees.

I welcome the statements made on the right side of the political scene. i mean here and Donald Tusky and colleagues from the Polish People’s Party, who don’t say no, who discover with some delay what Together has been saying for years, that we need to civilize the labor market in Poland. They will have the chance to prove in action that this transformation is real, because there will be a specific bill in parliament and I hope it will be supported by other political forces as well – said the MP.

Civilization of the labor market

According to the leader of the Together party, the civilization of the Polish labor market will be one of the biggest challenges for the future government, which will come after Law and Justice.

Liquidation of junk employment, making it easier to organize, join and be part of trade unions, strengthen the labor inspectorate – these are things that should have been settled long ago. These are things that simply distinguish Poland from most European countries. It is high time we finally introduce these normal European labor market standards in Poland said Zandberg.

He recalls that such solutions in the legal form have already been presented and are waiting in Parliament. You can see that there is no special desire in the ruling majority to adopt these solutions now, but if they are not adopted in this Parliament, we expect – and this is our absolute precondition for participation in future governments – to . – he emphasized.

The leader of the Legnica Samen district, the doctor Kaja Filaczyńska pointed out that the fact that we work for so long has a direct impact on our health and quality of life. We know that overwork is a risk factor for overweight and obesity, and without systemic changes in working time, so that Poles have more time to rest and lead a healthy lifestyle, our health will not improve. At 50 percent. our health depends on our lifestyle – she pointed.

We are at such an advanced stage of the economy that we are able to shorten this working time without losses to the economy, without lowering salaries. – she added.

Last Saturday, the head of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, announced that his party would prepare an accurate pilot program for the four-day workweek before the parliamentary elections. Tusk noted that dynamic changes in the job market, including advancing automation, force adaptation to new trends. He pointed out that there are two models of this solution: shortening the workday or the whole week, although it is more often referred to as a four-day workweek.

Author: Agata Tomczyńska

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