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Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, said that the 16-per cent minimum hourly wage hike meant that the government was restoring the dignity of work.
The minimum hourly wage has gone up to PLN 22.80 (EUR 4.87) from PLN 19.70 (EUR 4.21).
“From January 1, 2023, the minimum hourly wage has risen to PLN 22.80 per hour and from July 1 it will grow to PLN 23.50 per hour!” Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “Never again starvation wages and rates!”
In addition, the prime minister said that “the Law and Justice government is keeping its promises and restoring the dignity of work.”
Under Polish law, the government is obliged to raise the minimum wage twice a year when the projected inflation rate is higher than 5 per cent. The latest CPI reading, for November, was at 17.5 per cent.
From January 2023, the minimum monthly wage went up to PLN 3,490 (EUR 745.50) from PLN 3,010 (EUR 643) and will increase to PLN 3,600 (EUR 769) from July 1.