We founded RAZEM…

In spring 2015, we founded RAZEM (Eng. TOGETHER) because we had had enough.

We’ve had enough of zero-hour contracts and 30-year mortgages. We’ve had enough of the state giving tax cuts to the corporations and banks. We’ve had enough of the political class who are completely out of touch with the living conditions of the average citizen.

Razem wants a new Poland. We want a law that protects the rights of employees. We want a state which provides affordable rental housing, free childcare and healthcare that you can count on. We believe that everyone deserves the right for a good job and a fair wage for their hard work.

Contact

Party’s Office: ul. Nowy Świat 27, 00-029 Warsaw 
Phone: +48 663 483 923 
E-mail: [email protected]

Spokesperson – Dorota Olko: [email protected], + 48 608 784 455

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Party Manifesto

1. SUPPORTING WORKERS
  1. We want the minimum wage applicable under contracts of employment at the level of ⅔ of the average pay in the economy.
  2. We will introduce a requirement for the public contractors to only employ based on contracts of employment unless civil law work contracts are required due to the specificity of a particular public contract. 
  3. Automation will allow us to decrease working hours of working people. We will introduce a limit of 35 working hours per week. We will guarantee at least 35 days of fully paid annual leave to all employees. We will remove the 12-month billing period that currently prevents the employers from paying their workers for overtime. We will advocate for a standardised working hours in all EU countries.
  4. We will enable the Chief Labour Inspectorate to change the form of employment to a contract of employment wherever the employment relationship is identified. We will increase fines for breaking employment rights. In state-owned enterprises, we will introduce premium pay-out bans applicable to all executive boards previously fined for breaching employment rights.
  5. We will support the increase in employee engagement. In companies which are not unionised, representatives selected by staff will be granted the same rights as those held by trade unions in other workplaces. We will introduce a requirement for the composition of supervisory boards, where employees will be guaranteed to make up at least 20% of their company’s board. We will increase the input of trade unions and staff in the hiring process of management positions. Work is a substantial source of everyone’s identity and we all have the right to be a part of making decisions about our own working conditions.
  6. We will ban unpaid internships and we will implement a minimum wage for students on placement. We will put a stop to the abuse of volunteering for commercial purposes.
  7.  We will help graduates get into the workforce by funding six months of paid internships at state institutions and not-for-profit enterprises from the state budget. 
  8.  We will strive for wage transparency. This is the only way to achieve true pay equality and eliminate gender-based discrimination and ageism. 
  9. We will introduce a new bill into Polish labour code guaranteeing every employee the right to a free Sunday every two weeks, no matter what their job is. Sunday pay will be worth 250% of normal pay.
  10. We will make sure that sick leave pay is equal to how much you usually get paid, including all bonuses. Being sick should not cost you anything.
  11. We will end employment instability. If you were to sign two consecutive fixed-term contracts you will be guaranteed permanent work and any failure to extend the second contract will have to be justified by the employer.
2. FAIR TAXES FOR EVERYONE
  1. We will increase personal allowance to 12 times the minimum subsistence level.
  2. We will introduce a fair, progressive tax system. The working people who are poorer will finally pay less in taxes than millionaires.
  3. We will renegotiate agreements with tax havens that prevent double taxation of income. All Polish citizens who run their businesses in Poland must pay taxes in Poland. We will introduce a law that will allow the state to take over any income that has been deliberately undisclosed. 
  4. We will remove the flat tax rate that only benefits businesses with the highest income. Everyone will pay taxes according to the same fair system. We will change the regulation regarding profits from capital gains and real estate letting.
  5.  We will lift the threshold above which no pension contributions are charged. We will make the rates of contributions paid by companies proportional to the level of their income, thus taking off the burden from small companies and micro-enterprises.
  6. We will introduce progressive tax rates for businesses. Large international corporations should pay higher taxes than small, developing companies. 
  7. We will introduce a new tax for corporations who – instead of investing back into the economy – decide to hold on to their excess capital by keeping it on their bank accounts.
  8. We will remove tax privileges for companies operating in Special Economic Areas. Money saved this way will be spent on establishing stable employment in a new state-owned industry. 
  9. Poland should advocate for introducing taxation on capital transactions within the European Union. Europe should stop speculation by taxing the financial sector transactions.
  10.  We will introduce a clause that will prevent tax evasion; this will give the state an effective tool to fight international companies who export their profits from Poland before they get taxed.
  11. We will re-organise and unify the system used for tax law interpretation. We will ensure that tax laws are stable.
  12. We will abolish tax privileges that churches and religious congregations currently benefit from. The state cannot treat religious associations differently than other non-governmental organisations.
3. STATE THAT BUILDS HOMES
  1. We will create a national construction programme to build rental housing, funded by the central state budget. We will stop public financial support for housing developers and banks. Such state intervention will regulate the real estate market, lower the prices and improve the availability.
  2.  We will introduce a law requiring that all money made from selling council housing will have to be spent on refurbishing existing council housing or building new housing. 
  3. We will support the creation of housing cooperatives by providing them with financial support and providing access to land owned by the state and municipalities.
  4. We will expire all reprivatisation claims; we will thus stop people from being kicked out onto the streets by fraudsters.
  5. We will ban throwing people out onto the streets by landlords or relocating people to spaces that are not habitable. 
  6. We will make housing benefits accessible to more people.
  7. We will organise the rental market and we will regulate rental prices. We will increase the state’s control over the letting market so that everyone can afford to rent a flat under fair conditions. We will stop short-term lets being a norm by introducing property registration requirements and audits.
  8. We will introduce new regulations to protect public spaces, green areas and the aesthetics of such areas. In the development of cities, towns and villages, the top priority will be the well-being of the community, good spatial organisation and access to green areas. We need to put a stop to the outlawry of housing developers, to the physical separation of residential areas from their surroundings, to defacing cities with large-scale advertising banners and to covering up parks with concrete.
  9. We will make housing developers legally obliged to participate, partially or in full, in building community infrastructure (schools, nurseries, parks, libraries and community clubhouses).
4. HEALTH NOT PROFITS
  1. We will fund the healthcare system directly from the state budget, without charging people for the health insurance.
  2.  We will stop the commercialisation of medical care. Instead of the currently used quotas that limit the number of procedures each medical institution can perform every year, they will receive permanent funding to pay their staff and cover expenses.
  3. We will prevent the crisis in healthcare. We will raise the salaries of nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists and other medical professionals. We will take great care to ensure good working conditions for healthcare professionals, especially to maintain the compliance with the norms set for the minimum personnel to patient ratios.
  4. We will improve the access to specialist medical training by opening more spaces for trainees.
  5. We will bring dental and nursing care as well as compulsory vaccination back to schools. Each village will be covered by a nursing service provided by their local council.
  6. We will provide easy access to contraceptives, which will be funded by the state. So will be in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures.
  7. Any pregnant person should have their exclusive right to decide whether or not they are willing to give birth. We would like to relax the abortion law and give access to free and legal pregnancy termination procedures, without giving health care professionals any right to refuse to perform such procedures (as is now the case).
  8. We will increase the oversight powers of medical chambers over doctors who do not follow the best practice based on current medical knowledge. 
  9. We will promote a healthy lifestyle through purpose-created funds that will support physical activity. Sport associations funded with public money will be required to offer sport activity projects addressed to local communities.
  10. We will tighten the legal oversight of dietary supplement and pharmaceutical markets, especially over-the-counter products. 
  11. We will introduce a rule according to which decisions regarding medical equipment purchases will no longer be taken at a local level only; they will also take into account the needs of larger regions. Thanks to this, medical equipment will no longer be bought only to be stored in warehouses.
  12. We will change the laws pertaining to recreational drugs and cannabis will be legal. We will depanalise the use of psychoactive drugs. Money saved by this depenalisation will fund addiction therapy programmes.
5. FOR EQUALITY, AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
  1. We will introduce equal rights for all families, regardless of the genders of the partners – we will change the inheritance law, alimony laws as well as the rules for joint custody over children where partners separate.
  2. We will pass comprehensive anti-discrimination laws which will provide full and effective protection against discrimination in areas such as access to products and services, education, health service, or social security.
  3. We will simplify the legal procedures for gender reassignment and all medical procedures as part of gender reassignment will be free of charge. Medical transition won’t be required to legally change your sex.
  4. We will penalise hate crimes targeted at sexual minorities and transgender people.
  5. We will introduce good-quality anti-discrimination and anti-violence education in schools. We will also provide antidiscrimination training in public institutions.
6. EDUCATION AND CULTURE THAT CONNECTS PEOPLE

EDUCATION

  1. We will tie the education budget with the gross domestic product. Education must be a priority for the state budget.
  2. We will provide school textbooks free of charge in primary and secondary education. Children won’t need to carry heavy backpacks each day – they will store their books at school.
  3. We will ensure decent wages and stability of employment for teachers – as per the Teachers’ Charter. We will ban contracting teachers only for nine months each year, which leaves them without income over the summer vacation period. We will extend protection under the Teachers’ Charter over schools that are not run by the state.
  4. We will stop the closures and privatisation of state schools. We will make the most of the decrease in the number of pupils starting their education and decrease the size of teaching groups. We will increase educational subsidies and increase funding for schools in rural areas that are located far from cities. 
  5. To make the opportunities in education equal we will increase the number of teachers in underperforming schools. We will introduce a position of teaching assistant in a school, a person who helps run classes.
  6. All classes for children should be conducted according to the teaching curriculum and run by staff with pedagogical qualifications. We will introduce compulsory sexual education that will follow one uniform curriculum across all schools. We will move the responsibility of funding religious teaching from the state to religious associations. Teaching religion will not be done at schools but in local parishes.
  7. We will redesign the teaching curriculum to fulfill the role of comprehensive and civic education rather than be shaped only to prepare pupils for standardised tests. 
  8. We will ban any funding for private schools from the state budget.

UNIVERSITIES

  1. We will make social benefits widely accessible to students in higher education. Wil will raise the minimum income level, which makes students eligible for a bursary, to that of the minimum subsistence level. We will increase support for students from rural areas, including their access to student accommodation. Student cafeterias that operate on the premises of universities will not be allowed to run their business for profit.
  2. We will decrease the role of individual grants as a way of funding academia and research. We will introduce full transparency into the process of hiring for positions at universities and cultural institutions.

CULTURE

  1. We will direct funding towards local initiatives and cultural education. Institutions that are located in big cities will be required to support cultural activities that are not limited only to their immediate locations.
  2. We will bring back the educational and cultural character of public television and remove all ads from the broadcast. Instead of a TV license, we will fund public television by taxing the income generated from advertisements aired on private TV channels.
7. STOP THE HISTORICAL DIVISION INTO THE RICHER AND THE POORER REGION
  1. We will relocate some public administration offices and government departments away from the capital city. A uniform distribution of these departments will boost the development of poorer regions and the government will finally start to realise that Warsaw doesn’t represent all of our country. 
  2. The state will stop its retreat from rural areas. A courthouse, a hospital, and a secondary school should all be easily accessible for people from every town or village.
  3. We will gradually bring back a well-connected bus and railway network. Instead of investing in extravagant and unnecessary projects, such as high-speed railway, we will focus on local transport networks. 
  4.  We will stop closures of local and school libraries; we will start a country-wide programme for establishing new cultural and community centres outside of large cities.
  5. We will increase the number of social care workers in communities who struggle with systemic unemployment and poverty.
  6. We will oblige the local authorities to introduce free legal advice bureaus in every municipality.
8. A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING POLITICS IS POSSIBLE
  1.  We will limit the salaries for the members of the parliament to the level of 3 times the minimum wage. Tying their pay with the minimum wage will remind them about the living conditions of a typical citizen.
  2. We will dissolve the current system of funding political parties. They should receive money from the budget only for targeted spending: office space rentals, employing small numbers of staff, printing information and campaign materials, and commissioning professional evaluations of their programmes. Commercial adverts on hoardings (billboards) and commercial television ads of political parties will be banned.
  3. We want a more democratic election process. We will introduce the rule of Single Transferable Vote where citizens vote for individual candidates whilst the representation of the minority is kept.
  4. We will oblige the parliament to process all referendum requests signed by at least 500,000 citizens.
  5. We will limit the number of terms to two for city mayors and members of the parliament.
9. A TRUE WELFARE STATE
  1. We will get rid of the eligibility criteria for receiving support from The Alimony Fund. The responsibility to execute payment from those who avoid paying alimony will be taken by the state.
  2. We will substantially increase the income criteria for family benefits. We will make legal guarantees that the level of those income criteria has to be at least at the level of the living wage.
  3. In each municipality, we will build a daycare home for the elderly and vulnerable funded by the state. Social Support Centres will employ carers for the vulnerable. Each carer who will take care of a vulnerable person will be eligible for holiday, sick pay, and pension.
  4. We will simplify the procedure for obtaining unemployment benefits. We will reintroduce unemployment benefits for graduates. Young people have the right to financial stability while they look for their first job.
  5. We will guarantee access to daycare facilities and nurseries for all children who need it. Selected facilities will also provide afternoon and weekend care.
  6. We will introduce universal child care benefits, the level of which will be updated each year. Equal support should be offered to all children.
  7.  We will introduce equal rights for all families, regardless of the genders of the partners – we will change the inheritance law, alimony laws as well as the rules for joint custody over children where partners separate.
  8. We will introduce a uniform 480-day parental leave that will be split equally between the parents. 
  9. We will consistently follow the provision of the UN concerning the rights of the disabled aiming at eliminating any barriers that exclude disabled people from accessing the job market and being part of the wider community.
  10. We will strive for introducing a state pension that is equal for everyone and allows to support a good living, funded directly from the progressive tax system.
10. A PROACTIVE STATE AND NEW INDUSTRIES
  1. We will create new jobs in the industry. Using the National Development Bank we will establish a special purpose fund that will invest in building new industries and implementing technologies created at Polish universities.
  2. Instead of just giving out money to private companies we will create state and council-level start-up funds that will allow for investing in enterprises in exchange for shares in their future profits.
  3. We will make it a requirement for any company that seeks public funding to be compliant with the employment law and provide good employment conditions.
  4. We will prioritise cooperatives. We will relocate the funds so far spent on establishing ineffective micro-companies to the organisation of co-ops. The state will support building networks between social economy entities.
  5. We object to unfavorable trade deals, such as CETA (between EU and Canada), which privilege corporations, hinder the development of Polish industry, and threaten democracy.
  6.  To save our planet from the impending climate catastrophe we will introduce a long-term plan for the energetic transformation in accordance with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change while protecting the interests of people who work in coal mining, power production, and the industries that are particularly dependent on these sectors and ensuring the power-safety of the country. We will replace fossil fuels with a combination of renewable energy sources and nuclear power. We will start a special research programme that will focus on developing new technologies for the energy sector.
  7. We will fight air pollution. We will develop new programmes for building networks of systemic heat and energy distribution, improve the insulation of residential housing and improve the public transport system. We will make these programmes widely available by introducing grants. We will stop the monopoly of private energy companies. Systemic heat and energy distribution is more ecological. The management and extension of such systems cannot be driven by profit only.