Labor ministry works on anti-crisis package
October 3, 2012
Poland's Labor Ministry wants to introduce more flexibility on the labor market through the introduction of an anti-crisis package similar to the one in place through 2010-2011, deputy Labor Minister Jacek Mecina told reporters on Tuesday.
"I think that now is a good time for introducing an anti-crisis package, similar to the one adopted in 2009," Mecina said, adding that the ministry is already preparing necessary amendments to the adequate laws.
"Entrepreneurs, especially form the production sector, in view of falling number of orders need tools which render employment and work time more flexible," the minister said. "Additionally, as the market is not creating new jobs, stronger interventions on the labor market are necessary."
The tools applied in 2010-2011 introduced a more flexible approach to the working time and fixed-term contracts, as well as financial aid for troubled firms and additional funds for firms' training budgets.
Meanwhile, Poland’s unemployment may reach12.6% in September - Minister Mecina said.
"In September the unemployment rose by 0.1-0.2 ppt," Mecina said. "Without interventions unemployment would amount to 12.7%.”
"At the end of the year it will be near 13%," he added.