Agreement between the government and Solidarity

On 7 April 2019, an agreement between the government and the representatives of NSZZ “Solidarność” was signed. We present the content of this agreement below.

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Photo: Michał Nowak / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Agreement between the government, represented by:

  1. Beata Szydło – Deputy Prime Minister
  2. Elżbieta Rafalska – Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy
  3. Anna Zalewska – Minister of National Education
  4. Michał Dworczyk – Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister
  5. Tomasz Robaczyński – Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance

and the trade union side, represented by:

  1. Ryszard Proksa – Chairman of the National Teaching and Education Section of NSZZ “Solidarność”
  2. Zbigniew Świerczek – NSZZ Solidarność
  3. Przemysław Święs – NSZZ Solidarność
  4. Agata Łyko – NSZZ Solidarność
  5. Jolanta Zawistowicz – NSZZ Solidarność

as an observer – representing the employers: Wojciech Warski – Deputy CEO of ZP-BCC.

As a result of the talks which were held on 1–3 April 2019 at Dialogue Centre for Social Partnership in Warsaw, moderated by Dorota Gardias – the Chair of the Social Dialogue Council and the President of the FZZ (Trade Union Forum), in relation to the activities aimed at improving teachers’ working conditions proposed by the government during negotiations and in response to the demands of the trade unions, the Parties agreed as follows:

The Parties jointly agreed that:

I. Teachers’ salaries increases

1. Accelerating the increase in the level of salaries.

Earmarking PLN 667 million from the 2019 State budget for implementing the second teachers’ salaries increase this year. After raising the teachers’ salaries by 5% starting from January 2019, the government proposes to earmark additional funds from the State budget for increasing the level of teachers’ salaries by an additional 5% from September 2019.

From September 2019, the average teachers’ salaries will amount to:

  • trainee teacher – PLN 3,197
  • contract teacher – PLN 3,549
  • nominated teacher – PLN 4,604
  • certified teacher – PLN 5,883.

After teachers’ salaries were frozen at the level applicable from September 2012, the total increase in average salaries between January 2017 and September 2019 amounted to PLN 479 in the case of trainee teachers, PLN 532 in the case of contract teachers, PLN 691 in the case of nominated teachers and PLN 883 in the case of certified teachers.

2. Introducing an additional increase in the level of teachers’ salaries from September 2019 (translating into a 15% increase in the amount of salaries as compared to the level recorded in December 2018 – estimated cost of ca. PLN 0.65 billion). Taking into account the increase referred to in point 1, from September 2019 teachers’ salaries will rise by 9.6% as compared to the levels from January.  Due to the fact that current data on the education system are gathered within the new Educational Information System, the algorithm regulating the distribution of the education subsidy for 2019 will be analysed.

Following the implementation of the above-mentioned salaries increase, starting from 1 September 2019 basic remuneration will amount to:

  • in the case of trainee teachers – PLN 2,780
  • in the case of contract teachers – PLN 2,860
  • in the case of nominated teachers – PLN 3,248
  • in the case of certified teachers – PLN 3,815,

while the average remuneration will amount to:

  • in the case of trainee teachers – PLN 3,335
  • in the case of contract teachers – PLN 3,702
  • in the case of nominated teachers – PLN 4,803
  • a certified teacher – PLN 6,137.

3. Introducing, from 1 September, an increase in remunerations of 9.6% means a total increase, in the years 2017–2019, of:

basic remuneration:

  • for trainees – PLN 515,
  • for contract teachers – PLN 529,
  • for nominated teachers – PLN 601,
  • for certified teachers – PLN 706.

average remuneration:

  • trainees – PLN 617,
  • contract teachers – PLN 685,
  • nominated teachers – PLN 890,
  • certified teachers – PLN 1,136.

4. Remuneration for conducting classes aimed at the development of pupils’ interests – increasing the number of teaching hours at the disposal of the Principal in the framework curricula in order to ensure to teachers (after the removal of ‘charter hours’) remuneration for conducting classes aimed at the development of pupils’ interests (in 2019 – PLN 57 million, and in a period of 10 years – an amount of around PLN 1.9 billion).

II. Shortening the path of professional promotion and reinstatement of the work assessment from the period before September 2018 which took into account the opinion of the Parents Council

  1. Shortening the internship period of a trainee teacher to 9 months.
  2. For contract teachers, shortening the mandatory professional practice period – before starting a period of professional practice eligible for the next stage of professional promotion – to two years, and for nominated teachers – to one year.
  3. Lightening documentation requirements in professional promotion procedures:
  • for a teacher who, during their period of professional practice, changed their place of employment or was employed in several schools, and in each of them was employed part-time for less than ½ of the mandatory teaching quota, dispensing with the requirement to submit several certificates,
  • decreasing the number of documents of a teacher applying for a certified teacher degree, who – instead of describing and analysing at least six requirements – shall perform only two,
  • dispensing with the requirement for a teacher applying for a certified teacher degree to attach an educational case study to their application.

4. Ensuring that the opinion of the Parents Council is included in assessment procedures of the teacher’s work.

III. Additional benefit for a start for young teachers

Support for young teachers – benefit for a start (PLN 1,000).

IV. Establishing a minimum form mastering benefit in the amount of PLN 300 in the regulations.

For teachers guiding a class, there will be a minimum guaranteed amount of benefit added to the basic remuneration. The competence to increase this amount will rest with local government units.

V. Reducing work arduousness resulting from excessive school documentation: paperwork -

1. Individual educational and therapeutic programmes for pupils holding certificates of special educational needs in the form of one document instead of several documents, as previously.
2. Removing red tape in the evaluation:

  • waiving the obligation for the school to prepare evaluation documents,
  • limiting the number of tools (abandoning some questionnaires and interviews),
  • decreasing the number of evaluation questions,
  • reducing the results presentation volume in the reports.

3. Dispensing with the requirement to settle the implementation of the new curriculum on an hourly basis (there was such a requirement in the old curriculum).
4. Waiving the requirement for teachers to prepare the material timetable and outcome plans.
5. Elaborating ready-to-use procedures for schools concerning children’s physical and mental safety (until now, these procedures were elaborated by schools at their own expense).

VI. Until 2020, changing the remuneration system for teachers in agreement with trade unions

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