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Irena Wóycicka - Secretary of State

Irena Wóycicka was born in Warsaw in 1950, and went on to read economics at the University of Warsaw. She was an activist for the opposition in the People’s Republic of Poland, and participated in the action to help the repressed workers of the Ursus factory following the events of 1976. A co-founder and editor of the independent and biweekly “Robotnik”, collaborator for Komitet Obrony Robotników (Workers’ Defence Committee), and a Solidarity expert. She took part in the Round Table Talks as part of the economic and social policy team. From 1989 to 1990 she was an advisor of the then Minister of Labour, Jacek Kuroń. From 1991 to 1994 she was the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy.


In 1997 she began work at the Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics, where she managed social research. She dealt with the issues of poverty and social exclusion, women’s professional and family activities including the difficulties of combining work with family duties, local social policy and social insurance reforms, etc. From 1998 to 2001 she was an advisor to the then Minister of Labour, a member of the Supervisory Board of ZUS, as well as being a specialist for the International Labour Organisation and the European Commission. She was a member of the Unia Demokratyczna (Democratic Union) party and afterwards she joined the Unia Wolności (Freedom Union) party.


By decision of the President of the Republic of Poland of 14 October 2010 she was appointed the Undersecretary of State for social affairs in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. As of September 2, 2013, appointed Secretary of State.




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