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(en) Poland, Request for help from Worker Initiative* - supression against trade union activist

Date Mon, 20 Nov 2006 13:04:07 +0200

Dear friends, -- Below there is an information about anti-trade union
activity against our camarades from Workers Initiative. The call for actions and
financial help, as their commission in Impel company (security and cleaning
services) was de fact destroyed through unlegal dissmissals. We will probably do
something here in poland, but there is also ask for international help.
One suggestion: maybye it will be a good idea to add a camarade from WI to
REdBlack List? If you think this is a good idea please add: urbanski@post.pl to
the list - this is e-mail of J. U. from WI...he know english.
That's all form now -- Solidarity! -- K.
>The Impel-Tom Company has fired the next three activists of Workers’ Initiative

The Impel-Tom Company in Zielona Gora has fired the
next three activists of Workers’ Initiative because
they spoke loudly and openly in court about the
illegal activity of their employer towards their
labour union.

At the beginning of 2006 the workers of the Impel-Tom
Company with its branch office in Kostrzyn (which
employs about 700 workers in Lubuskie voyevodship)
began their struggle for better wages. But when in
spite of earlier promises, they still didn’t receive
higher payment in February, they decided to found
their own labour union - the first one in the
Impel-Tom. Twelve persons from forty workers in
Kostrzyn joined the union and the collecting of next
declarations was progress. On March 7 the members of
the labour union wanted to have the founders’ meeting
of Workers’ Initiative in the Impel-Tom factory. The
management of the company decided to take preventive
measures. Some people weren’t let in the company and
two initiators of the union, including Jacek
Rosolowski, were made redundant. Rosolowski accused
the Impel-Tom of discrimination because of union
membership and of company’s illegal activity against
Workers’ Initiative. After a few months’ trial, on
October 31 the court in Zielona Gora brought in a
verdict admitting Jacek Rosolowski was right and
ordered the company to pay damages to him.

After this sentence, on November 2 three members of
Workers’ Initiative were fired : Czeslaw Toczek, Piotr
Duplaga and Robert Szkwarek., who testified in Labour
Court and spoke openly about the illegal activity of
the employer towards their labour union. The Impel-Tom
Company has also determined work contracts with the
rest of the workers of the Impel-Tom in Kostrzyn
(except the guard) offering them new work conditions
in the Acromar Company (which belongs to Impel-Tom).
New work hasn’t been offered to the above-mentioned
members of Workers’ Initiative. In this way the
management of the Impel-Tom Company, which also
manages Acromar, got rid of active members of the
union effectively, using that form of lock-out as a
punishment for an attempt of founding a labour union.

The Impel-Tom Company is a part of the Impel S.A.
holding, which is the biggest group of outsourcing
companies in Poland in security, cleaning and catering
sectors. In 2005 it employed more than 17.000 workers
including the disabled, which let the company get
subsidies from the state. In 2005 its turnover was
about 627 million zloty and the company made 21
million zloty profit. Impel S.A. is listed on the
Warsaw stock exchange. In 2002 Impel was famous for
its brutal pacification of the protest organized by
workers of the Cable Factory in Ozarow, made to order
of Boguslaw Ciupiala, owner of Tele-Fonika company.

Workers’ Initiative is announcing the beginning of
Polish campaign against the Impel-Tom.

We are asking everyone for help. We bear large
expenses for legal defense, material help and
organizing demonstrations because of many dismissals
of activists of Workers’ Initiative. Therefore, we are
asking you for financial support.

OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza
Poznan, Gorecka 154
GBW/Spoldzielczy Bank Ludowy
swift address: GBWCPLPP
57 9043 1070 2070 0042 8758 0001
postscript: darowizna na rzecz represjonowanych
(which means: donation for repressed trade union
solidarity with your struggle,
All-Polish Trade Union Workers' Initiative
(OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza)

Associação de Classe Interprofissional
acinterpro@gmail.com www.acinterpro.org
An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative
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