Mothers in Czech Republic can count on very generous state
help, when they decide to stay at home with their children, and the benefits can be received
by them for a period of up to 5 years.
Quite frankly, 5 years is too long. There is absolutely no need for a mother to stay at home with a child for 5 years - in fact, there's not much need for her to stay at home once she's stopped breastfeeding.
Also - where's the money coming from? People don't want to pay higher social taxes - and higher earners are opposed to the concept of paying more just so some mother can stay at home instead of working. Frankly, if they want to stay at home - then their partners should pay for it.
In Poland - the government drastically increases the
number of nursery places (I won't even mention the decrease of quality, when the quantity
is increased, and lack of properly qualified staff to run all those nurseries and pre-schools),
so Polish mothers can be separated from their children and go back to their slave labour,
just to keep their families alive.
Torq, one thing that might open your eyes is that in Poland, these staff are dreadfully overqualified. There is absolutely no need on an educational level for someone to have higher education to look after a small child. In fact, I'd argue that if someone wants to look after children in a creche setting - then there should be some sort of high school programme that allows them to do so.
We don't need high quality creches - but we need places. As long as the place is clean and the people working there do the job properly in terms of looking after them, it's fine. Come on - many Western countries have the concept of childminders - people registered to look after children, often in their own home. Many of them don't have higher education and so on - but they do a great job. Of course, they're inspected and so on - as they should be.
I'd actually say that one of the big reasons that Polish education sucks is to do with the obsession with paper qualifications. I'd take a 18 year old educated with a British NVQ (sort of a vocational qualification) over a Pole with a Masters degree any day of the week.
Even the shorter maternity leaves were very often disrespected by employers, and young
mothers were very often fired under various pathetic excuses. Prolonging the leave will
actually make it harder for them to find and keep a job.
Indeed - who is going to take the risk of giving a young woman "umowa o prace" now?
A real pro-family policy would encourage women to stay in (and get back to) work as quickly as possible. In fact, I'm not against paying 2-3000zl to a mother who works until the 6th month and then who returns 6 months after the birth. It would also seem to make sense to subsidise child care for such a person. The employers would be happier, the employee would be happy and everyone wins.
we would have to mention the railways scandal
It wasn't PO that split PKP into an endless amount of companies, which has caused a lot of the current problems.
Frankly, no Polish government has seemed to be able to fix the problems that PKP have. Long term, we can see that the strategy is to close branch lines and concentrate on the core routes - not a bad thing, when there's such a lack of money. But - it's also clear that a lot of money has been spent on roads, at the expense of the railways.
It's another thread though Torq, what about it?
the scandalous gas deal with Greater Mongolia (also known as
Russia), resulting in Poland paying more for Mongol gas than Germany or France, to name
just a few of the nazi government's successes.
Who said that the French or German deal was on the table? It's a business transaction - knowing Russia, and knowing how Poland is almost totally reliant on it - why would anyone be surprised that the Russians demanded a high price? What was the alternative? Saying "nie"?