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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Poland

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Poland, 6 June 2013, available at: [accessed 21 January 2018]
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Infringements on the right to freely elect representatives: The Slowinski Park Narodowy (Slowinski National Park) refused to appoint Tadeusz Pietkun, Deputy President of the Slupsk Region of NSZZ "Solidarność" to the social commission even though he had been nominated by the union.

Anti-union discrimination: In October 2012, Plati Polska Ltd. terminated Danuta Lipinska's, trade union leader and member of the Enterprise Commission of NSZZ "Solidarność" contract on disciplinary grounds. The company also prohibited the shop steward from contacting union members during working hours even when it did not interfere with production.

In June 2012, the Director of the Fiscal Inspection Office in Warsaw asked the Minister of Finance to dismiss Mr. Tomasz Ludwinski, Chair of the Council of the National Section of Fiscal Employees of NSZZ "Solidarność" for his legitimate trade union activities which were considered as a violation of the basic duties of the civil service.

Interference by employers: Ewa Kazanecka, shop steward of NSZZ "Solidarność" in City Waterworks Bydgoszcz, was offered a promotion so that she would reduce or cease her union activities. Management also hired a private investigator to investigate the union in October 2012.

Physical violence against trade union leaders: Tomasz Ziolkowski, Deputy Regional President of NSZZ "Solidarność " in the Czestochowa Region, was physically assaulted by the security guards of the Independent Medical Centre "Amicus" when he tried to hand in a petition in June 2012.

Refusal to bargain in good faith: EuroBank S.A. refused to give spending reports to "Solidarność" which makes it impossible for the union to evaluate the economic state of the bank for bargaining purposes.

Infringement of the right to organise trade union activities: The Euro Bank S.A. prohibited union officials of "Solidarność" to freely choose experts and to use the intranet for disseminating information. The office offered to the union is 168 km away from the place where the union activities take place. The office is administered by the employer who has full access to it.

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