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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-29/2835 Updated – measures in Poland

Financial benefits for coal industry workers

Kwartalne dodatki inflacyjne dla pracowników PGG

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 July 2022 – 30 November 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Company practices
Category N/A
– Increasing income in general
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 12 September 2022 (updated 02 March 2023)

Background information

Polska Grópa Górnicza S.A. (PGG, the Polish Mining Group), the biggest coal producer in the EU, agreed to pay compensatory benefits to the coal industry workers. The measure aims to cover for inflationary loss of real income, and came as as a result of a strike.

Since this is a company policy, there is no legal reference to provide. An agreement was signed between the PGG union and the PGG board of directors.

Content of measure

The measure covers approximately 36,000 workers of Polska Grupa Górnicza S.A. (PGG). The exact benefits are:

  1. Underground coal miners: PLN 6,400 (approx. €1,362).
  2. Coal reprocessing workers: PLN 5,200 (approx. €1,106).
  3. Other workers: PLN 4,000 (approx. €851).

This wave of benefits is expected to cover inflationary losses for the second quarter. The agreement also specifies that two next waves of benefits will follow (compensating for inflation in the third and fourth quarters).

The overall cost of this wave of benefits amounts to approx. PLN 200 million (approx. €42.6 million). The agreement between the union and the board of PGG directors also specified several minor changes to remuneration system to cover for inflation.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

30 November 2022

On 30 November 2022, the Polska Grupa Górnicza (Polish Mining Group) paid the last tranche of allowances to employees. No further benefits are currently expected to be granted.

Use of measure

No data to report now.


  • Pay increases

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative No involvement
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      B - Mining And Quarrying B5 Mining of coal and lignite
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Labourers in mining, construction, manufacturing and transport


  • 16 July 2022: Polish News Agency article on the Polish Mining Group benefits (


Eurofound (2022), Financial benefits for coal industry workers, measure PL-2022-29/2835 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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