Draft laws regarding the introduction of a seniority pension were referred to the Social Policy and Family Committee. One is a civic project, the other was prepared by the Left.
The Sejm held the first readings of two related bills pensions internships.
The authors of the projects emphasized that this solution is in line with the expectations of people who, due to loss of strength resulting from a long period of paid work, are unable to continue working until they reach retirement age. The representative of the Legislative Initiative Committee, Marcin Zieleniecki, pointed out that the citizens’ project was signed by over 235,000 people. people. As he said, the regulation “was written by life.” He presented stories of people who took up employment at the age of 15, as juvenile workers, and worked in difficult conditions all their lives. – We propose in the project that the acquisition of the right to an internship pension should also depend on the amount of the future benefit, i.e. that the internship pension calculated according to the defined contribution rule cannot be lower than the lowest retirement benefit – Zieleniecki noted. He added that seniority retirement would not be mandatory. Zieleniecki said that the costs of introducing this solution if 100% of people use it. entitled, would amount to PLN 8 billion. – In the first year of the Act being in force, approximately four hundred thousand people would retire for internships, in subsequent years this number would be much smaller – Zieleniecki calculated.
The projects do not ignore farmers
Tadeusz Tomaszewski (Left Wing), presenting the parliamentary project, noted that seniority pensions are a very important element of building systemic solutions. He added that the Left has been seeking this for 14 years. He emphasized that both projects do not ignore farmers. He expressed hope for the active participation of the government in the work on regulations in the committee, especially regarding the financing of this solution. In club speeches PiS MP Stanisław Szwed thanked all citizens who signed the project. He declared support for this solution. Szwed pointed to actions taken in recent years regarding changes to the pension system. He recalled, among other things, that it was the PO-PSL government that raised the retirement age for women and men, which was later restored by the PiS government. As he pointed out, the previous government also changed the regulations regarding expiration bridging pensions. The PiS MP recalled the statement of the Minister for Equality Katarzyna Kotula, who said that the unequal retirement age for women and men is discrimination. Szwed noted that under EU law, Member States may apply different retirement periods, which is why the Polish pension law is not discriminatory.
“Early retirement does not have to mean the end of work”
Iwona Kozłowska (KO) emphasized that, according to the Szlachetna Paczka report, nearly 300,000 seniors live in extreme poverty. – We need to look for effective and reasonable solutions to provide our seniors with a decent life after years of hard work – emphasized the MP. She pointed out that seniority pensions will be lower than those under general rules, therefore other forms of support for older people should also be provided. Rafał Komarewicz (Poland 2050 – Third Way) asked PiS MPs why seniority pensions were not introduced during the rule of the United Right, if they support them now. Referring to the provisions of the project, he emphasized that the exact costs of this solution should be considered. – We should continue working on this project – he said. Agnieszka Kłopotek (PSL – Trzecia Droga) recalled that in 2016, PSL was collecting signatures for the draft changes regarding seniority pensions. – Early retirement does not necessarily mean the end of work. There is nothing stopping you from continuing to work, even part-time, and receiving a seniority pension at the same time, Kłopotek noted.
Grzegorz Braun: The Confederation “does not condemn such initiatives”
As Left MP Dorota Olko pointed out, according to research, three-quarters of Poles support the introduction of this solution. She emphasized that the project on seniority pensions was submitted by the Left also in the previous term of office of the Sejm. She assessed that after the PiS government “there is still a lot to improve.” She expressed hope that seniority pensions would come into force soon. Grzegorz Braun announced that he would “refrain from submitting a motion to reject the project at first reading” because Confederation he “doesn’t condemn” such initiatives. He emphasized that he would monitor further work on this solution. According to Braun, the insurance system should be voluntary. In turn, Jarosław Sachajko (from Kukiz’15) recalled that Solidarity loudly called for the introduction of seniority pensions. He noted that over the past decades, governments of various parties could have introduced this solution, but none of them did so. According to the MP, the current pension system is unfair and does not take into account citizens’ freedom to decide when they would like to retire. Deputy Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy Sebastian Gajewski, responding to MPs’ doubts, emphasized that the ministry is not planning any changes to the retirement age. He assured that the ministry would present the financial, technical and organizational consequences of introducing seniority pensions during the committee’s work. Minister for Senior Policy Marzena Okła-Drewnowicz accused PiS MPs of being slow to proceed with earlier projects on this matter. – Over the last 8 years, you have not introduced seniority pensions, even though you had them as your election slogan – she emphasized. – We will work on this project to meet the expectations of people who have worked very hard in their lives – said Okła-Drewnowicz.
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