Trade unions warn with protests unless government talks to them

02-04-2007, 10:05

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Trade unions protest against the fact that the government fails to talk to them. They may go out to  the streets.

Tomorrow, the declaration concerning the launch of the Social Contract negotiations will be signed. Trade unions remind that over a year ago, PiS, the ruling party signed a similar declaration.

“It was then that we prepared the whole range of issues to be discussed. Since that time we have met with logistic, formal and propaganda arguments on the side of the government. Why sign another declaration?”, Andrzej Malinowski, the president of the Confederation of Polish Employers (KPP) said.

The Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan (PKPP) agrees.

“One must be aware of the fact that time is running”, Jacek Mecina from PKPP stressed.

All trade unions other than Solidarnosc are unhappy.

“Prime Minister does not talk to us. The only partner for the government is “Solidarnosc””, Patrycja Gutowska from OPZZ said.

OPZZ and FZZ asked Prime Minister to meet with their heads. What if their request is refused?

“We are considering a big manifestation and protest all along the country. It’s too early now to say what forms the protest would take”, Jan Guz, OPZZ head said.

Trade unions will demand, among others, higher wages, social insurance, second pillar payouts, valorization, and first of all being treated as an equal social partner.

“Prime Minister fails to see the problems troubling the healthcare or educational sectors. Perhaps if nurses, doctors, miners or teachers go out to the streets, he’ll notice the situation gets more and more serious”, Patrycja Gutowska added.

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