Poland - Unions campaign for Fair Play, Fair Games - November 26, 2009

The two building workers' unions in Poland, Solidarnosc and OPZZ Budowlani, and the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) with support of the Warsaw Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation started on 18-19 November 2009 the "Campaign for Decent Work" at EURO 2012 building sites in Poland. After a successful campaign in South Africa before the World Cup 2010, trade unionists want to use the awareness of the public in connection with the EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, which will be used by both governments as an image campaign for these countries. Yet, there is no collective agreement for the Polish buildin! g sector ; guaranteed is only the (low) minimum wage of Euro 310 Euro pre-tax per month. Unionists cannot visit building sites if they have no representation in the firm, and a worker can only join if there is a union in the firm.  Earlier in November, workers at the construction site of the National Stadium in Warsaw, being built for EURO 2012, are having trouble getting paid. There have already been some strikes and walkouts. Workers are reported to be not even sure who they are working for.

English: http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=2453&Language=EN&Print=1;

http://pracownik.net.pl/workers_at_national_stadium_construction_site_not_paid_work

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter, which presents up-to-date information on collective bargaining developments across Europe. 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 2009. All rights reserved. The ETUI is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. The ETUI is financially supported by the European Community. The European Community is not responsible for any use made of the information contained in this news section.

 


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