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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 23/12/2015

At least restrain capitalism on Christmas Eve

Only three Polish food retail chains have heeded the call by unions to close their stores at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. December 24 is a normal working day in Poland, and stores are usually open until 9 or 10 p.m. Shopping hours should be reduced across the board, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza urges: "In the capitalism that we've developed over the last 25 years we've grown used to thinking that longer shopping hours are an essential part of our free market economy. But what would we lose as consumers if stores weren't open for so long - for example just until 2 p.m.? Nothing at all. At worst, a few people wouldn't be able to buy the eggs they want for a certain dish, or something else they don't absolutely need. And in such cases you can always just ask your neighbour."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 22/08/2008

Criticism of Poland's postal service

As of next Monday the Polish postal service will lose its monopoly on the delivery of letters. In the liberal left-wing daily Gazeta Wyborcza Journalist Piotr Miączyński passes judgement on the state-owned company. "The postal service is going its own unique way about preparing for the challenges of competition. First it applied for several hundred millions in funding from the state budget. Then it plans to double prices for its services next year. ... The postal service is a huge paradox. It has over 100,000 employees, not much less than the Polish army. But despite this there are giant queues at the counters in post offices and over-employment has made the service one of the most expensive in Europe. ... It is impossible to sack inefficient and superfluous workers because changes are blocked by over 40 trade unions. I wonder whether we customers have any need of a postal service like this? Because it is clear why the employees need the postal service. To pay them their salaries. After all, unlike the letters the salaries always arrive on time."

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