The draft of an amendment to the Collective Bargaining Act is now at the stage of preliminary consultations by trade unions and employers’ organizations. Although it bears the signature of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, the Ministry is quick to emphasize that it was authored by experts and is only intended as an opening for discussion in the Social Dialog Council. The amendment implements a ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal stating that employees on contracts of order and the self-employed should also have the right to strike action.
– The amendment introduces a new definition of the employing entity, much broader than the one resulting from art. 59 in the constitution – remarks Monika Gładoch PhD, attorney at law and expert of Employers of Poland. – We will not agree to such a broad definition, as it would lead to the involvement of both physical persons and ministries in collective bargaining – she adds.