According to Michał Koboski, chairman of the Poland 2050 party, Szymon Hołownia, “the introduction of guaranteed income at the minimum wage level should be very seriously considered” for employees leaving the mine.
During a press conference in Bogatynia, near the Turów power plant, the leaders of Poland 2050 presented three postulates regarding the Polish energy sector. – First of all, the government must do everything possible to reach an agreement with the Czech Republic as soon as possible and guarantee the withdrawal of the complaint from the Court of Justice of the European Union – said Szymon Hołownia, referring to the dispute with Prague over the operation of the Turów mine. – It is obvious that the judgments of the European Court must be respected, but we cannot close the mines and power plants. This is technically impossible as it will have dramatic repercussions in the region. Unfortunately, we should pay the Czechs, but as short as possible – until we reach an agreement as soon as possible – he stressed.
According to the former presidential candidate, a “just transition plan” for the Turoszów region should be drawn up by the end of the year. – A plan that will show how to retrain people in the coming years, how to ensure that no one loses their job, can continue to support their families. Without this plan, the region will not receive money. And it can be as much as PLN 1 billion from the EU Just Transition Fund – he explained.
Hołownia also called for a quick “start of negotiations of a social contract for lignite miners and related sectors”. – The government has concluded such an agreement for the hard coal sector. Why was the brown one omitted? The social contract must allow the Polish energy sector to be moved from 70% based on coal to one based in an identical proportion on renewable energy sources – he said.
Michał Kobosko proposed that the poviat should establish “a competence center, the main task of which would be to train miners, employees of the mining industry and power plants, for example for renewable energy installers or thermomodernization contractors”. – Such a center should be financed by the central budget and PGE. To ensure the creation of a labor market for highly qualified people, we see the need for a research and development center for green energy sources in the poviat and an incubator for technologies transforming post-mining regions – said the President of Poland 2050.
According to Koboski, “the introduction of a guaranteed income at the minimum wage level should be very seriously considered.” – On the one hand, such a guaranteed income would give money for survival, on the other hand, it would in some way inspire, encourage people to look for additional job opportunities and find a salary. In our opinion, such guaranteed income, in the amount of the minimum wage, should be paid until retirement age, he stated.
Kobosko emphasized that “this is a new reality, not experiments.” – They have already been and are taking place, among others in United States. If Poland is to develop, if we are to ensure the process of proper transformation, taking place at the pace it needs to, that is much faster than the Polish government has presented us so far, then we must also think about solutions such as guaranteed income – said the politician.
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