The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has said that the 16-percent minimum hourly rate hike meant that the government was restoring the dignity of work.
The minimum wage will increase in Poland next year as the country struggles with inflation and difficult economic situation caused by Russia's war on Ukraine, officials have confirmed.
Uniformed service trade unions demonstrated on Wednesday outside the Prime Minister's Office in Warsaw demanding wage indexations.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has stressed the need for compromise rather than war, following a meeting with representatives of Poland's Solidarity trade union on Wednesday.
Polish medium-sized companies (SMEs) are facing an additional burden from a minimum wage hike, seen at PLN 18.16 billion (EUR 3.84 billion) next year, according to the rationale to a government regulation.
Poland's minimum wage will rise by 15.9 percent in January 2023, but total growth will ultimately reach 19.6 percent after a second increase in July, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.
Poland's minimum monthly wage will go up to PLN 3,383 (EUR 718.2) from January 1 of next year, and the minimum hourly wage will rise to PLN PLN 22,10 (EUR 4.7), according to a government draft to be debated at Tuesday's cabinet sitting.
The Polish government has suggested a 12.39-percent minimum wage increase from January 2023 and a further 2.22-percentage point rise from July 2023.
The Polish cabinet on Tuesday proposed to raise the country's minimum wage by 7 percent from next year, to PLN 3,000 from PLN 2,800 (to EUR 663 from EUR 618).
The minimum monthly wage in Poland will be raised from the current PLN 2,600 (EUR 585) to PLN 2,800 (EUR 630) from January 1, 2021, up by 7.7 percent, under a draft regulation adopted by the Cabinet on Tuesday, the Government Information Centre (CIR) has said in a statement.