At a time when everyone comments on the new Prime Minister’s announcements or summarizes the legacy of the previous one, a new group has emerged and is now attempting to rule the country and regulate its economy, despite not having any rights to do so. This group consists of union leaders who are determined to make personal decisions and manage their companies – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
In his opinion, trade union leaders believe their right are far more extensive than those granted to them by the Constitution or the Trade Union Act. – It appears that it is not the minister who will supervise Treasury-owned companies and neither will the supervisory boards, but – indeed – the unions. They will be the ones who fire a.o. the chairman of PGNiG – he remarks.
– I was naively hoping that the crux of the conflict at PGNiG would not be money. However, I was stunned to discover that the average monthly wage there is 6823 PLN. This means that PGNiG employees earn 71 percent more than others in this sector. Their appetites are getting more voracious the more they get. They also demand a not insignificant 14 wage, threatening to get rid of the chairman if they do not get what they want. Mitigate yourselves! Anyone can threaten the chairman like that. Have the courage to stand before an average citizen, who makes less than 4 000 PLN and tell him: We are right to protest, our struggle is justified! – adds Malinowski.
The President of Employers of Poland also points out that representatives of the National Bituminous Coal Section at NSZZ are already demanding personal changes in the Social Dialog Council which has only begun its work fairly recently. – They are unhappy that it includes a man nominated by a statutory body of Employers of Poland. They do not care one bit for that. They demand – literally demand – that I withdraw the nomination, threatening to “substantially obstruct” dialog should I reuse to yield. As I understand the only Council whose works they would not obstruct would be one consisting exclusively of union nominees who would make decisions on behalf of everyone simply by deliberating among themselves – he writes.
– I wonder how I could convince the unions that they are not the prime minister, president, minister of treasury, the supervisory board of all state owned company or a revolutionary workers’ council and that acting this way only makes them lose credibility. I have no idea how to drive the point home, but I know that in trying to go all in they will eventually be left with nothing, as no one will want to talk to them – concludes Andrzej Malinowski.