PKP PLK wants railway workers to pay for the protests

05-03-2007, 10:09

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – PKP PLK wants the railway workers who organized blockades to pay for the losses of the company.

They started with Krakow. Then, railway workers blocked railways in Kutno, Wroclaw, Katowice and Gdansk. Several dozens delayed trains, disorganization of the transport, angry passengers and financial losses estimated by the company at several dozens thousand zlotys. PKP PLK management wants the employees responsible for blockades to make up for the losses. The company will file court suits against them. The management believes that blockades started when negotiations were going on.

“According to the law, we have the right to organize 2-hour strike when we cannot reach agreement with the employer. Protests did not last longer”, Stanislaw Kokot, PKP PLK Solidarnosc deputy head said.

Trade unions believe that the management broke the law when it announced a wage increase on Thursday without the acceptation from the unions. Employees point out that the protests were organized on passenger routes and not cargo ones where the losses could be much higher. Because of the protest, passengers received tickets worth PLN 2,000 (EUR 512.8) in Krakow and PLN 700 in Wrocław.

“The most important thing is the weakened image of the company”, Adrianna Chibowska, PKP Intercity spokeswoman said.

On Wednesday, PKP PLK management meets trade unions to continue the talks about wage increases.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.256)

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