On Friday, Sim amended the law on the work of hard coal mines. The possibility of converting mining plants into the Mine Restructuring Corporation (SRK) has been extended until the end of 2023, and its liquidation from budget funds will be possible until 2027. In the years 2021-2027, approximately PLN 8.2 billion will be spent on restructuring the mining industry.
- The following plants will be transferred to SRK: Jastrzębie III from JSW and Pokój from PGG, with a pool of 3.7 thousand. employees
- Miners who leave work can count on higher wages under the so-called mining leave or one-time severance pay in the amount of PLN 120,000.
- The spending limit from the state budget for the restructuring of the mining industry in the years 2021-2027 will amount to approximately PLN 8.2 billion.
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439 deputies voted in favor of the bill, none opposed it, 10 abstained, and the bill will now go before the Senate.
According to the amended law, the ownership of two mines will be transferred to SRK: the Jastrzębie III movement, which belongs to Jastrzębska Spóka Węglowa, and the Pokój movement of Polska Grupa Górnicza. SRK will also be joined by a group of workers at both mines, who will be able to benefit from social protection: Mining papers, leave for workers in coal processing plants, one-time severance payments.
These solutions constitute government assistance and therefore require notification of the European CommissionHowever, the Ministry of Assets is not anticipating problems. According to him, it will only be an update of the notification that the authority had already approved a few years ago.. The law sets the maximum expenditure from the state budget for the restructuring of the mining industry in 2021-2027 at PLN 8.2 billion.
The modification assumes that Mines will be able to go to SRK (or their separate properties), the liquidation of which began from 1 September this year. Until December 31, 2023 in addition The project provides more funding from the state budget until the end of 2027 The tasks currently performed by the restructuring company. On the other hand, employees transferred to SRK with their assets (so far) will benefit from social protection – mining leave and one-time severance pay.
Generous severance pay
The terms of protection for miners who leave will be as negotiated in the agreement signed at the end of May this year. A social agreement on the principles and pace of mining transformation. means Increasing the amount of the so-called mining leave from 75 to 80 percent of the miner’s salary to date and increasing the amount of one-time severance pay to PLN 120,000. PLN “at hand”. Vacations and severance pay will be used by more than 3.7 thousand people in total. Workers of peace movements and hawks 3.
The date of December 31, 2027 provided for in the amendment, according to which it will be possible to finance the decommissioning of mining assets from budget funds, is due to the fact that this is the time when the decision of the European Council of December 10, 2010 on the auxiliary state was passed to facilitate Closure of non-competitive coal mines. Further liquidation of public funds will require new approval from the European Commission, which the Polish side is currently seeking.
The law on the work of the hard coal mining industry was passed on September 7, 2007. Later, it was amended several times. This is the main legal regulation for the mining restructuring process that has been going on for many years. The previous amendment to the law was made less than three years ago, in the fall of 2018. The possibility of granting state aid to mining was extended until the end of 2023. Earlier, in February 2018, the European Commission agreed that restructurings in the mining sector would be financed from the budget state for the next five years. However, this only concerns assets transferred to SRK before the end of 2018.
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