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"Rzeczpospolita”: Trade unions should pay


– Apart from notifying the Regional Prosecutors Office we are also considering a civil and criminal lawsuit in order to recover at least some of the losses incurred by JSW as a result of the strike – says President of Employers of Poland in an interview with “Rzeczpospolita”.


– Union leaders are organizing an illegal strike and losses are incurred by everybody – the company, employees, companies which cooperate with JSW and the Treasury as there will be less budget income generated by tax. It irritates me to see state institutions merely looking on and not doing anything – assesses Andrzej Malinowski.


According to the President of Employers of Poland, the act on group dispute resolution and the trade union act, despite many shortcomings, clearly state that dismissing chairmen is not one of the prerogatives of union leaders – which is their main demand at JSW.


For this reason Employers of Poland, The Individual Investors’ Association and the Stock Issuers’ Association put forward a case for the Regional Prosecutors Office to initiate proceedings with regards to eight union leaders active in Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa.


– We cannot tolerate overt breaking of the law – not only domestic regulations, but also international conventions, which are otherwise so staunchly advocated by trade unions. We should join forces to say: ”No more impunity for union leaders!” – says President of Employers of Poland.


President Malinowski is of the opinion that unions should also be held accountable for the losses incurred in the course of the strike, which is why Employers of Poland are also considering a civil and criminal lawsuit in order to recover at least some of the losses incurred by JSW as a result of the strike. Huge sums of many are at stake – every day of the strike results in nearly 30 mln PLN of income losses. All in all, the company has already lost 200 mln PLN worth of income.  


According to Employers of Poland, the strike is illegal as the board has already withdrawn from changes which were the basis of the group disagreement, so the conflict is now formally unsubstantiated.


– It is hard to resist the impression that trade unions and JSW are not concerned with the god of the company or its employers, but solely with maintaining their wages at the current level. An average wage at JSW is 8.4 thousand PLN gross – and, importantly, this calculation excludes board members’ wages – emphasizes President Malinowski.– Entrepreneurs should have the opportunity to stop illegal protests before they occur by means of a court ruling. Our organization has long been fighting for regulations pertaining to this issue to be clarified. Meanwhile, over the years unions have been rampant. Instead of fighting for social issues, they want to decide the fate of large companies, are sometimes convinced they can manage companies on their own. As a result, they destroy Polish economy. They are concerned not with dialog, but with brawls. They think that whatever they do, it will go unpunished. I hope that this time that will not be the case – he concludes.