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    Polish Labor Unions Advocate for Longer Annual Leave

    Polish workers are reportedly overworked, prompting labor unions to propose extending annual leave to 35 days. Currently, employees with an employment contract are entitled to 20 or 26 days of vacation per year, depending on their length of service. Calls for more time off have been ongoing for years.


    Recently, NSZZ “Solidarność” revisited the issue. Commenting on the government’s Active Parent program reform, which includes so-called “grandparental leave,” union representatives stressed the need for effective employee rest rights. “Current regulations date back to the 1970s, and Poland’s economic growth has not translated into any progress in vacation time,” they argued.

    Equality for All Workers

    The unions also highlighted the need to discuss vacation rights for self-employed individuals. Their opinion has already reached the office of the Minister of Family, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk. “Fakt” reminds us that unions have long advocated for longer holidays, with OPZZ previously suggesting a gradual increase to 35 days annually, equalizing leave for all workers.

    As the debate continues, the proposal underscores the ongoing concern about work-life balance in Poland. With economic growth not reflected in vacation policies, the unions are pushing for reforms that could benefit all employees, ensuring ample time for rest and recovery.

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