Poland - Polish Post to lay off 5,000 workers - February 23, 2011

Poczta Polska (PP), the Polish post service, is to lay off 5,000 workers by the end of October, reports the Polish press agency PAP. In response to the announcement, the Solidarity trade union plans to picket government offices in Poznań on 2 March and in Warsaw on 16 March. “We hope that there will be real negotiations with the government, which is the owner of our firm,” said Bogumił Nowicki, president of the National Communications Secretariat of Solidarity. The redundancies result from PP's plans to liquidate 3,000 post offices which are to be replaced with sales points located in gas stations and convenience stores. The changes are intended to make PP competitive before 2013, when the market will be opened to other postal firms from the European Union.

English: http://www.wbj.pl/article-53389-polish-post-to-lay-off-5000 ... via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

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 at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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