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Work week to be shortened in Poland? Ministry has spoken

Work week to be shortened in Poland? Ministry has spoken

Image source: © Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk / Instagram
Natalia Witulska,
04.03.2024 16:00

The idea of implementing a four-day working week is gaining momentum among Polish employers and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy’s employees. Many are wondering whether a three-day weekend could become a reality. The head of the Ministry, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, has provided some information on the matter.

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk is a prominent Polish politician, educator, philosopher, researcher, and social activist committed to promoting women's rights and equality. She holds a doctorate in humanities and has served as a member of the Sejm for the 9th and 10th parliamentary terms. Since December 13th, she has been serving as the Minister for Family, Labour, and Social Policy in Prime Minister Donald Tusk's government.

Dziemianowicz-Bąk recently discussed the topic of a shorter workweek in an interview with the media. This issue has gained significant attention and sparked public debate in Poland. Several countries, including Spain, Iceland, Belgium, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, have already implemented a four-day workweek.

The head of the ministry acknowledged that it is currently analysing the working time, length of holidays, and the number of work days. The ministry is also reviewing numerous trial programmes reducing the workweek to four days, which some Polish companies have already introduced.

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk on a shorter workweek

During the parliamentary election campaign, the Left-wing politicians promised to introduce a shorter workweek. Now, they are working to fulfil their promise. In this regard, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk stated in an interview with the media that her team is currently analysing the possibility of introducing a four-day workweek or reducing the working hours.

If the proposed changes are successfully implemented, we would either get an extra day off or work one hour less each day. It's important to note that we would still receive the same wages as we do with a 40-hour workweek.

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk (Instagram)

Four-day workweek in Poland

During a media interview, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk emphasised the importance of considering a few key issues when analysing the data related to working hours. Firstly, the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy drew attention to the fact that Polish women and men are among the most hardworking populations in Europe. However, she pointed out that this does not necessarily equate to high levels of work efficiency.

"Secondly, we are closely monitoring the trial programmes - the natural experiments companies are implementing to reduce the workweek. These trials are, in my opinion, the right way to go. In fact, Prime Minister Donald Tusk previously proposed a reduction of the working week to four days in the form of such a trial," said the head of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk also emphasised that there is no unanimous government stance on the idea of shortening the workweek. That's why extensive analyses are being conducted. This will enable the coalition partners to reach a consensus. Additionally, she acknowledged she is open to Prime Minister Donald Tusk's proposal for a four-day workweek instead of reducing the work hours to 35.

"Therefore, we are counting, checking, investigating, and leaning towards analyses indicating a trial programme is needed. The first analyses already show that reducing the workweek by one day would probably be easier to introduce than reducing the number of working hours," said Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk.

Source: radiozet.pl

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