A short message was published on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister informing about the dismissal of the President of ZUS signed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk. This was requested by Minister Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk. She explained that the change is needed because ZUS faces new challenges.
At the request of the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy, Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, on Thursday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk dismissed Gertruda Uścińska, president of the Social Insurance Institution. “The new challenges in the area of social security that the coalition government faces on October 15 require a new opening, guaranteeing responsible management of such an important institution,” Dziemianowicz-Bąk explained her decision.
We will soon meet the new president of ZUS
“The Social Insurance Institution has numerous tasks and responsibilities for the social security of Polish women and men, carried out by over forty thousand employees who deserve decent working conditions and pay. The new challenges in the area of social security that the coalition government faces on October 15 require a new opening, guaranteeing responsible management of such an important institution,” the minister commented on the X website.
Prime Minister Tusk announced on Tuesday that we will meet the new head (or head) of the Social Insurance Institution next week.
Gertruda Uścińska – biography
Prof. Gertruda Uścińska has been the president of ZUS since February 2016. Previously, she had not held any political functions, so when the then Minister of Family Elżbieta Rafalska announced Uścińska’s appointment to the position, journalists, even those related to social security, did not immediately recognize the name of the new president.
Uścińska did not perceive lack of experience as an obstacle, quite the opposite. She emphasized that in other European countries, insurance experts have recently been appointed to be presidents of institutions in this field. She added that she would cope because she had experience in leading teams on numerous scientific projects in Poland and abroad.
Prof. Uścińska graduated in law from the University of Silesia in 1981, in 1987 she defended her doctorate at the Institute of Labor and Social Affairs in Warsaw, and in 2006 she obtained her habilitation at the University of Warsaw. In 2015, she received the title of professor of social sciences, and in February 2016 she became the president of ZUS. He specializes in foreign social security systems.