Poland - Strike paved way for negotiations over pay and privatisation threat - April 25, 2011

A 24-hour warning strike started 16 April by the Solidarnosc union, representing the majority of 22,000 workers at Jastrzębska Spolka Weglowa (JSW) in the Silesian coal mines, has produced negotiations with the state-run company involving government and union representatives and the provincial Committee on Social Dialogue. Miners took industrial action in resistance to the government’s plan to list JSW, Europe’s largest coking coal producer, on the stock exchange. They are also seeking a 10% wage increase from the state company that has seen massive earnings, posting net profits of € 300 million in 2010. The government, meanwhile, is anxious to proceed with the listing on 30 June because of current high raw materials costs for steel production. It is offering free-of-charge shares to JSW staff as it intends to float 30% of JSW, while retaining 51%. However, the door has been left open to future sales of shares.

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4397-Warning-Strike ...

 

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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