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“Rzeczpospolita”: Limited liability of union leaders


A very popular Japanese symbol of the three wise monkeys means: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Everybody knows it. I am under the impression that this symbol adorns many desks at the prosecution’s offices in Gliwice which discontinued the investigation on the illegal strike at JSW. However, the prosecution seems to have forgotten that it symbolizes ignoring evil rather than preventing it – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.


In his view, the prosecution’s ruling that the strike was „substantively sound” has no basis in reality. He also emphasizes that there is no gradation in breaking the law.


– The prosecution has also established that the strike at JSW was illegal, but the unions burned tires at the company’s office unaware of its illegal nature. They did not know that there was no collective bargaining, that postulates cannot be formulated after the opening of the strike, nor did they know that the choice of a chairman can never be subject to collective bargaining. They did not know anything! The did not listen to the radio or read the papers – not to mention the internet. It does not matter that not only the board of the company, but also they themselves  informed of the strike’s illegality, eg. through their official website – reminds Malinowski.


– I have a sad realization that the prosecution confused the penal code with a neurology textbook and instead of a ruling wrote a certificate of dyslexia showing that union leaders can read, but may have trouble with understanding. It is hard to believe that none of them knows the collective bargaining agreement. The act is less than 1800 words long. Some of the leaders of the union hassle have held their posts for 25 years. If they were to read the act one word a day, they would still have enough time to get acquainted with it five times over. Therefore, the diagnosis of dyslexia may be quite accurate –  concludes the President of Employers of Poland.