The government of Poland on Tuesday approved a hike in the country’s minimum monthly wage to 2,800 zloty (around 750 dollars) up from the current 2,600.
The hike, which will come into force from 2021, is more modest than the rise governing Law and Justice party promised ahead of the October parliamentary election.
According to the pre-election pledges, Poland’s minimum wage was to rise to 3,000 zloty as from 2021 and 4,000 zloty from 2023.
However doubts raised by experts over the feasibility of these promises only intensified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown.
The increase means that the minimum wage will by 2021 constitute more than half of the forecast average wage in the country.
Some 1.7 million Poles currently earn the minimum wage, the government said in a statement.
Increased social spending was a key factor in Law and Justice’s initial rise to power in 2015.
Since then, minimum wage in Poland had increased by 1,050 zloty, the statement added.