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Polsat News: Investigation into the strike action at JSW is to be discontinued. “This is an invitation to break the law”


A scandal, a farce, gibberish – such are the comments on the decision to discontinue the investigation voiced by those who notified the prosecutor of the possibility of an illegal strike in JSW. The prosecutor has ruled the strike illegal, but stated that the organizers were not aware of the fact that they were acting against the law. The three organization that authored the notification do not rule out an appeal – informs Polsat News.


The notification on an illegal strike organized by the leaders of 8 unions active in JSW was submitted by three organizations; Employers of Poland, Polish Association of Listed Companies and the Association of Individual Investors.


In their opinion, the strike was illegal, as the grounds for collective bargaining had already expired when it was announced. Unions put forward new demands, but only after strike action had already started, foregoing the legally required negotiation and mediation procedures; moreover, unions did not notify the board of the strike  argued the notification.


According to the prosecution, the strike was „illegal, but substantively sound”. Illegal, as it did not adhere to regulations on collective bargaining – a.o. there were no negotiations which deprived JSW of an opportunity to address the unions demands.


However, the investigation was discontinued, as according to the law the perpetrators of an illegal strike has to act knowingly. The prosecution ruled that they did not know they were breaking the law.


– I have not heard such gibberish in long time – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski told Polsat News. – As I understand, I can go to Silesia, kick the prosecutor and declare that I did not know that what I did was against the law and that I was motivated solely by indignation with his decisions – he added.


Andrzej Malinowski stated that at the next meeting of the presidium of Employers of Poland he will put forward a motion for the decision of the prosecution to be appealed.