Poland - Unions take LOT to court - September 21, 2009

The board of Polish airlines, LOT, plans to dismiss 450 people starting in October, as well as unilaterally worsening working conditions. On 21 September, the unions involved decided to take LOT to court, claiming that these plans are not in accordance with the collective agreement in LOT. Though the Board cancelled that agreement in June, effective by the end of September, the unions claim that the old agreement is binding until a new one is in place. Earlier in September, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) launched a campaign to back the struggle of the LOT workers. ITF and ETF note that the airline has already embarked on anti-union practices, notably dismissing Elwira Niemiec, president of the Polish Cabin Crew Union, and Grzegorz Kossowski, president of the LOT Polish Airlines Employees Union.

English: http://www.pracownik.net.pl/unions_take_lot_to_court ;

www.itfglobal.org/campaigns/LOTdispute.cfm


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