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    Poland’s Minimum Wage Soars Over 10 Years: A Comparison of PO and PiS Eras

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    Over the past decade in Poland, the minimum wage has undergone a remarkable transformation, as highlighted in a recent social media post by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Drawing attention to the alleged visa scandal, Morawiecki juxtaposed the earnings during the rule of the Civic Platform (PO) and the Law and Justice (PiS) party. Notably, the figures reveal significant growth in the minimum wage, a point of contention in Polish politics.

    In 2014, during the tenure of the PO-PSL coalition, Poland’s minimum wage stood at 1680 Polish zloty (PLN). Fast forward to 2024, under PiS governance, and the minimum wage is set to reach 4300 PLN. Recently, the Council of Ministers approved a regulation specifying that from January 1, 2024, the minimum wage will be 4242 PLN, with an hourly rate of 27.70 PLN. Additionally, from July 1, 2024, the minimum wage will further increase to 4300 PLN, with an hourly rate of 28.10 PLN.

    The Visa Scandal Mention

    Morawiecki’s post also alluded to the alleged visa trading, which reportedly occurred in countries like India. He emphasized that such incidents were more prevalent during the PO era, not the current PiS government, underlining the positive trend in earnings.

    Poland’s minimum wage has significantly evolved over the past decade, experiencing substantial growth under the PiS government compared to the previous PO administration. These changes, along with the alleged visa scandal, remain significant topics in Polish politics, shaping the nation’s socio-economic landscape.

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