An election promise from Poland has unexpectedly inspired additionally Romanian workers and the left to demand decent salaries
This article was published on 20 September 2019 on the English section of the site “The Barricade”.
On 10 September 2019 the main Romanian media announced that “the era of cheap labour in Poland is coming to an end.” This was a statement by the prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki himself, who promised a 78% raise of the minimal salary up to 4000 zloty or 1000 dollars by 2023. Morawiecki’s promise will be fulfilled if his party Law and Justice wins the forthcoming parliamentary elections this autumn. Romanian media distributed this news along with a standard warning by economists that such a big increase in salaries will raise employers’ expenditures, which will negatively influence the economy.
Of course, Morawiecki’s promise is motivated by the elections and represents a hunt for votes. But it garnered huge interest in Romania. Poland has long been a model for Romania – be it because of its loyalty to the United States, its religiosity and conservatism, or simply because it, like Romania, it is the largest and most populated country in the region. But the news also spread because Poland no longer being defined as “a country of cheap labour” is an idea that resonates with Romanians.