In light of the strike in PGNiG scheduled for November 24th and trade unions’ demands regarding the resignation of PGNiG Chairman Mariusz Zawisza, Employers of Poland would like to clearly state that they are strongly opposed to such actions.
Trade unions operate on the basis specified by the Trade Union Act and Collective Bargaining Act from May 23rd 1991. Neither act includes the right to shape companies’ personal policy. It also does not grant any right to influence the choice of the Chairman of the Board. Union leaders have no right to act the way they are acting now – much less to threaten to strike should their demands be ignored.
– Unions have overthrown a political system in which the act on employee self-governance in state companies from 1981. According to this act, the Employee Council chose the chairman. There is no return to such principles, just as there are no state companies any more – says Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland.
If such unjustified demands are repeated, Employers of Poland will urge the government to urgently revisit regulations on union activity and collective bargaining which – as proven by the actions of union leaders – are all the more often inappropriate in the current socioeconomic conditions. These regulations have become a weapon in the fight not for the well-being of employees, but for the particular interests of union leaders.
Employers of Poland