Poland - Supermarket strike opposes worsening conditions - October 7, 2010

The Solidarnosc National Section of Commerce Employees called for a strike on 7 October as to highlight the worsening conditions in stores of a number of large supermarket chains, including Biedronka, Carrefour, Real, Bomi, Praktiker, and Makro Cash and Carry. Union members will work-to-rule, following every single regulation to the letter in order to disrupt the pace of trade. They will hand out leaflets to customers explaining their grievances, which include the low rate of pay of shop-floor workers (hardly above the minimum wage) and the ever-increasing number of duties they are expected to perform. They also complain that they are rarely employed on full-time contracts and that jobs are lost when big supermarkets cut costs by allowing suppliers to stack shelves. The protests coincided with the World Day for Decent Work.

English: http://www.wbj.pl/article-51469-supermarket-strike-to-hit-poland-thursday.html?typ=ise

via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

Polish: http://www.gazetaprawna.pl/wiadomosci/artykuly/456789,dzisiaj_strajk_wloski_w_sieciach_handlowych_przygotuj_;



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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