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Kiełbasiński, Artur


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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 30/04/2015

Minimum wage to keep Germany's rivals away

Germany's dispute with Poland over the minimum wage to be paid to lorry drivers using German roads is the result of egotism, Artur Kiełbasiński of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza believes, accusing the EU of double standards: "If a German invests in the EU it's a good thing. But if a Pole provides services there, it's bad. This hypocritical stance has nothing to do with protecting Polish workers' interests. It's just the standard policy of defending one's own market against competitors. … It's a shame this is happening within the EU framework of all places. That's why the conflict doesn't just affect German-Polish relations but effectively deals a blow to fundamental EU principles."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 24/09/2014

Don't lump all Poland's trade unions together

The Polish senator Jerzy Markowski of the Democratic Left Alliance called for the rights of trade unions to be severely curtailed after unions announced that they would hold protests in Warsaw next week. But you can't lump all the unions together, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza criticises: "There can be no simple solutions here. True, the number of unions in state enterprises is very high. But in many private firms, for example in the retail trade, the unions face considerable problems. ... There the employees have failed to secure any privileges and still work for low wages. Such drastic differences render clear legal amendments a necessity. On the one hand the influence of unions in larger firms must be restricted. On the other, the possibility of unions must be guaranteed in companies where they have yet to become established - and which reject them outright."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 09/06/2011

Chinese highway constructors annoy Poland

The Chinese construction firm Covec on Monday cancelled the contract for work on two motorways, disrupting Poland's preparations for the Football European Championships in 2012. The cheapest offer should not be decisive in calls for tenders, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "Charges could now be brought against the government, the General Direction for Motorways, the Chinese company and anyone else who has anything to do with this hapless project for upgrading the A2. Because there can be no doubt that what has taken place on the two sections between Łódź and Warsaw is a scandal. It really makes no difference if we finish construction before June 2012 or not. More important is that we draw the right conclusions from the lesson that the Chinese firm Covec has taught us. The most important one is very simple: we must abolish calls for tenders in which price is often the sole criterion."

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