To paraphrase a song by the Noah's Ark band, everyone can be a unionist. That is – according to the president of the Employers of Poland, Andrzej Malinowski – what the Solidarity and OPZZ activists want.
In the face of crisis, we should not be surprised that trade unions seek new members and want to extend the right of coalition so that those who are not employed under a contract of employment can also join trade unions. According to recent CBOS data merely 10 percent of employees declare they are in trade unions and this is the worst result since the 90s. It means that the three central trade unions represent 1.5 million workers. For comparison, the organization Employers of Poland brings together ten thousand companies, which employ five million people in total.