“President Duda has always defended the interests of PiS and their influence in the media. This time, he is doing it at the expense of the pay raises awaited by teachers,” Senate Speaker Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska wrote on Platform X about the president’s veto of the 2024 budget bill. Former Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki thanked the president for “the decision in accordance with the spirit of the law and good, democratic customs.”
President Andrzej Duda announced on Saturday (December 23) that decided to veto the budget-related act for 2024, which included, among others, PLN 3 billion for public media, but also raises for teachers. “There cannot be consent to this in view of the flagrant violation of the Constitution and the principles of a democratic state of law,” he wrote.
Politicians comment on the president’s decision. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, among others, referred to it on the X platform (formerly Twitter).. In his opinion, the presidential veto “takes away money from kindergarten and beginner teachers, but abolishes the ‘fireplace tax’, i.e. it allows unlimited raises for the presidents of state companies and agencies.”
“Mr. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, I am glad that you write that you will manage. This means that, as I appealed, you will convene the Sejm and Senate after Christmas and vote on my bill,” President Duda replied to him in the entry.
“He’s spoiling Christmas for teachers”, “hitting those who need help”
“President Duda has always defended the interests of PiS and their influence in the media. This time, he is doing it at the expense of the pay raises awaited by teachers. Such a gift for Christmas,” wrote the Speaker of the Senate on the X website Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska.
Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Ministry of National Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, the leader of PSL, in his entry on the X platform, said that “blocking 30 percent of pay raises for teachers and billions of dollars in support for local communities is a blow to those who really need this help.” “We will do everything to guarantee this support!” – added.
Independent senator Krzysztof Kwiatkowski said in an entry that the president was “spoiling Christmas for preschool and beginner teachers.” “I assure you, we will manage… MPs and senators will vote on it again. We will not allow party interests to be more important than teachers, to whom I wish peaceful holidays (original spelling – ed.),” he wrote.
In turn, Civic Coalition MP Aleksander Miszalski said that by vetoing the bill, the president decided to “deprive Poles of access to in vitro fertilization. Deprive Poles of double indexation of pensions. President Duda decided to be a PiS supporter until the very end,” he said.
“I stand on the side of the Constitution”
Law and Justice politicians defend President Andrzej Duda’s decision.
– Standing on the side of legally elected authorities, not agreeing with the fact that resolutions can change the Constitution, violate the Constitution, violate laws, we are here (at the headquarters of the Polish Press Agency – ed.) with the Prime Minister (Beata Szydło – ed.), with with your MPs and ministers, we will defend the legality of the actions. We will defend so that the Polish Constitution is not violated – said the former prime minister on Saturday evening PiS MP Mateusz Morawiecki. He assessed that the president “through his decision, so clearly formulated, also stands on the side of the Constitution, on the side of the legitimate authorities of public institutions.”
Morawiecki also referred to the matter on platform – wrote the politician.
Michał Kobosko, vice-chairman of Poland 2050, said that “PiS has shown contempt for teachers for eight years, and now the president ‘is blocking pay raises for teachers by 30% from January 1’.”
The former spokesman for the Morawiecki government, Piotr Mueller, responded and reminded him that the president would submit an “appropriate bill” on this matter.
“The government introduced financing for TVP into one bill with other topics – including pay increases. The problem is that you publicly claimed otherwise. And in your election promises you announced the lack of financing. At the same time, you illegally took over public media,” he accused the ruling coalition. . He added that “there will be raises for teachers and other groups of employees.”
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