We have information from the Sejm that the first 100,000 signatures under the civic draft law on retirement pensions have been counted, which is the first stage of the procedure behind us – announced the chairman of the National Committee of NSZZ “S” Piotr Duda on Thursday in Zabrze.
In the draft prepared by Solidarity, it was proposed that the seniority pension would be granted to people born after December 31, 1948, who had reached the contributory and non-contributory period of 35 years for women and 40 years for men. The internship pension would be due provided that its amount determined using the so-called the defined contribution formula is not lower than the minimum old-age pension.
Retirement pensions – the Solidarity project. 235,000 signatures
On September 30, Solidarność submitted 235,000 zlotys to the administration office of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. signatures supporting the “Retirement for internship” legislative initiative. In order for the Seym to start work on the project, it is necessary to submit 100,000 zlotys under it. signatures.
– Today we summed up the campaign of collecting signatures under the civic project on retirement pensions, I have the latest information from the Sejm that the first 100,000 has been summed up, so these formalities have been completed. There is a second procedure ahead of us regarding the presentation of the bill to the Sejm – said Piotr Duda, chairman of the National Committee of the Union, during the General Assembly of Delegates of the Śląsko-Dąbrowski Region of NSZZ “S” in Zabrze.
Representatives of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland previously informed that President Andrzej Duda would also submit a presidential bill on retirement pensions. – Let these two projects clash at the parliamentary committee of social policy and family, let them analyze everything there, so that the best project comes out – said Piotr Duda on Thursday.
– We do not know when the Marshal (of the Sejm – ed.) Will submit it for deliberation. We are prepared, we have documents, we know who will be our plenipotentiary at first reading, who will present the draft on our behalf. We want the draft voted by the Sejm and the Senate to be on the President’s desk as soon as possible, stressed the chairman of “S”.
– We expect the politicians of the United Right to keep their word, which was given in 2015 during Andrzej Duda’s candidacy for the presidency of the Republic of Poland for the first time. It was then that Solidarność signed a program agreement with him, including, in addition to lowering the retirement age, also internship pensions – recalled Piotr Duda.
Retirement pensions – a comment by the deputy minister of the family
At the beginning of October, Stanisław Szwed, Deputy Minister of the Family, referred to the Solidarity initiative. At the time, he assured that the government was taking citizens’ projects very seriously.
– Citizens’ projects are important because they collect at least 100,000 people. signatures. It is worth considering this project. We know that there are many people in this age group who would like to use this solution – said the Swede.
At the same time, he noted that such a solution “is always at the expense of the future pensioner, who may therefore have a lower benefit”. – But it is worth working on – emphasized the deputy minister.
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