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(en) Poland, Lodz, 5th All-Poland Workers' Conference - http://paspartoo.w.interia.pl/

Date Fri, 13 Oct 2006 09:30:20 +0200

Friends! We would like to invite you to the 5th All-Poland Workers' Conference,
that is taking place in Lodz (ÅÃdÅ) in Poland on the 17th and 18th of June
2006. The main subjects of the conference are flexible forms of employment
and the fight against deregulation on the labour market.
The official languages of the conference will be Polish but we will
provide translations if needed (inform us about it in advance). See
the schedule below or write for more information: urbanski@post.pl
With solidarity, Inicjatywa Pracownicza (The Workers' Initiative) CK-LA
program in .doc
23.05.2006 = 5th All-Poland Workers' Conference 17th - 18th of June, 2006 ÅÃdÅ, Poland

"Flexible forms of employment - a threat to the working world.
How to fight against deregulations on the labour market?"

17th of June, 2006, Saturday
PLACE: Polesie Cinema, WileÅska 37 street

10.15 - 10.30 The opening of the Conference. Welcome and
introduction of the participants by JarosÅaw UrbaÅski- the
initiator of All-Poland Workers' Confernces, (All-Polish Workers'
Initiative Trade Union)

10.30 - 11.00 Flexible forms of employment- subject description.
Jakub Grzegorczyk- CK-LA, flexibility of the labour market working
An introduction to the subject: a definition, different forms of flexible
employment and range of its usage, employers' and liberals'
explanations for its expansion; an attempt to explain the
phenomenon from the perespective of workers movement.

11.00 - 12.00 Flexibility or discrimination? Noxiousness of flexible
employment to workers, their families and to situation in
workplaces. A theory of segmentation of the labour market as a proof
for permanent noxiousness of atipical work.
Andrzej Smosarski, CK-LA, flexibility of the labour market working
Presentation of impacts of deregulations on the labour market on the
individual's life; how it refers to the principles of human equality and
of equal chances for dignified and stable existence; an attempt to
assess impacts of flexible employment on full-time employees and
trade unions

12.00 - 12.30 Discussion

12.30 - 12.45 Break

12.45 - 13.45 Legal aspects of atypical work. An overview of flexible
employment procedures considering their differences from full-time
work; the employee and employer proposals how to change the law
RafaÅ Zieleniewski, CK-LA, flexibility of the labour market
working group
Presentation of present legal regulations that make possible the
expansion of the flexible forms of employment; recognition of legal
regulations that discriminate temporary workers; the overview of
social partners' ideas how to change the law in that field

13.45 - 14.45 Discussion

14.45 - 15.30 Flexible market inside a company. Collective
agreements - actual trends. Conclusions for the working movement.
JarosÅaw UrbaÅski, Marcel Szary (All-Polish Workers'
Initiative Trade Union)
Recognition of threats of the flexible labour market on the example
of a singular company. Threats of intensified pressure put on
decentralization and on a change in collective agreements;
presentation of the situation inside the working places; an attempt to
find a solution how to change the present direction of changes

15.30 - 16.00 Discussion

16.00 - 16.30 Collective agreements as an offer for temporary
workers - German experiences.
A representative of German or Austrian trade union movement
Presentation of achievements of German or Austrian workers in the
field of creating inside working place regulations on protection of
temporary workers; the legal situation and practical activity of trade

16.30 - 18.00 Break

PLACE: Cytryna Cinema, Zachodnia 81/83 street, 91-055 ÅÃdÅ

18.00 - 18.45 Support or discrimination? Influence of the flexible
labour market on the situation of young people- on the example of
Poland and France.
Jakub Grzegorczyk- CK-LA flexibility of the labour market working
Katarzyna Rakowska- CK-LA, educational group
Presentation of employment programs for those who start work,
which in fact are particular forms of deregulation of the labour
market; analysis of the real impacts of projects called "first work"

18.45 - 19.15 Discussion

19.15 - 20.00 Film

18th of June, 2006, Sunday
PLACE: Polesie Cinema, WileÅska 37 street, 94-029 ÅÃdÅ

11.00 - 11.45 Flexibility of the labour market- a challenge for trade
unions. How to support temporary workers in fight against
discrimination from the state and employers?
BogusÅaw ZiÄtek- The Free Trade Union SierpieÅ'80
JarosÅaw UrbaÅski- All-Polish Trade Union Workers' Initiative
Presentation of strategies for trade unions how to improve the
situation of temporary workers inside working place; an attempt to
find the best platform for representation of flexible workers and how
to help them in getting a long-term contract

11.45 - 12.00 Discussion

12.00 - 12.30 Civil society in defense of temporary workers. Tasks
for social and political organizations in a fight against discrimination
on the base of temporary work.
Andrzej Smosarski, CK-LA, flexibility of the labour market working
Presentation of plans for long-term political campaign in defend of
the temporary workers.

12.30 - 12.45 Discussion

12.45 - 13.15 Flexibility of the labour market- our opinions, ideas,
Katarzyna Rakowska- CK-LA, educational group
Summary of the conference: revision of main aspects, discussions
and conclusions; suggestions for activities in the future

13.15 - 15.00 VI All-Polish Conference- the merits and organization
The end of the conference.
JarosÅaw UrbaÅski- an initiator of All-Polish Workers'
Confernces, Workers' Initiative Trade Union
Choice of main subject of the next conference; selection of an
organizing group. (technical details, schedule for preliminary tasks)

Previous conferences:
4'th All-Poland Workers' Conference -
Exploitation of the contemporary labour world, June 2005:
(in English)

3'th All-Poland Workers' Conference-
Successful workers protest, November 2004:
(in English)
(in Deutsch)

Declaration of the Workers' Initiative

Today workers are often unorganized, divided, don't have contact
with each other, are being intermediated and have abandoned all
faith in their own strengths. Trade unions are losing their meaning.
This situation is beneficial for employers who are using protection of
state's administration and it's means of coercion. Alliance (often of
corruption nature) between political power in the state and
economical one in economics is aimed against all workers. Its goal is
to sustain social division. Rich, privileged in every way minority
which has access to ownership, power and means of indoctrination
is thriving and is multiplying its wealth thanks to the work of

That hierarchical social structure is the cause of most problems
experienced in everyday life of workers in the whole world, touched
by mass unemployment, lowering of salaries, returning to slavery
work, employing children, poverty and starvation.

The interest of employers not only from small businesses but also
from huge, international corporations is to consolidate existing
order, which ensures their ease to exploit employed persons, and in
the case of corporations also exploitation of local communities. True
change can only come when workers will stop believing that
employers, owners of multi-corporations and managers are working
in the interest of society.

We are struggling for restoring control of our own lives, not only in
the working place but also in the space of inhabitance. We are
struggling for completely different aspect of the world because we
are convinced that capitalism similarly to the state socialism is
un-reformable. There is a need for deep social, economical and
political changes.

Our movement is also reaction to corrupted and extremely
politically-oriented trade unions. We must abandon the necessity of
leaders existence - too often they have betrayed the cause that they
initially where fighting for. We are for direct democracy from below
as a form of organizing the movement of workers' protest. The goal
of Workers' Initiative (WI) is not to manage the struggle of workers
but only mobilizing them for independent struggle for improvement
of living conditions and liberation from oppression of any power.

We declare against political action and using workers' movement for
political goals and current interests of political parties. We are
supporting engagement of workers' movement in local matters
aiming at restoring authentic self-governance. We see the need for
international solidarity of union and workers' movement. We declare
for direct action and especially manifestations, strikes and boycotts
carried on in legal and illegal ways as the most effective but not only
weapon in struggle for workers' privileges and radically democratic
society. We see that there is a great need to restore the cultural
autonomy of labor world as a countermeasure for mass-culture and
its offer of consumption life-style.

WI is an agreement of all for whom workers' matters are close. We
are a group struggling for workers' privileges repelling in its actions
and ideas to the tradition of anarcho-syndicalist movement. Those
organized in WI are undertaking an effort to establish workers'
movement based on voluntary, self-management from below - a
movement that would be able to go beyond the divisions between
workers and altogether with solidarity be able to efficiently struggle
for their rights and for a full control of their working place. By active
participations in protesting actions, cooperation and supporting the
strikes we are trying to carry solidarity help and actively present our

WI is functioning on the principles of federation, i.e. voluntary
organization of persons in which every participant has equal right to
decide about affairs that concern him. Anyone who accepts the
statements above can be a participant of WI. WI has its participants
and well-wishers in all bigger Polish cities and cooperates with
works councils of many trade unions.will all have a better life.
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