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(en) Spain: CGT calls protest in madrid against union repression in Poland [ca]

Date Thu, 26 Oct 2006 14:05:27 +0200

The Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT) has organized a demonstration to
take place on Thursday 26th October 2006, at 1.00pm, outside the Polish Embassy
(Calle Guisando 23 bis) to protest against the union repression in Poland and
to show our solidarity with Polish workers who have conseqwuently lost their
jobs. A letter of protest will also be handed in to the embassy.
After many months of protests, on 26th September 2006, the Labour Court in Lodz
gave its verdict in the case of Slawomir Kaczmarek. The Committee President of
the Union Initiative of the Workers of All Poland (OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza)
in the Uniontex S.P. company in Lodz had been fired in December 2004, despite
being legally protected against dismissal. His dismissal was part of a
management plan to get rid of the workers (who were co-founders of the factory)
and take control of their shares. Uniontex S.P. was founded in 2003 as an
employee-owned business, in order to protect the jobs of workers in another
company, Uniontex S.A. (a cotton company), which was due to close down.

The Court changed the cause of the dismissal of Kaczmarek from disciplinary
dismissal to simple dismissal. Compensation was also awarded - the equivalent
of one year's wages. This meant that officially the case was won, although the
main demand of the Union Initiative was that Kaczmarek be given his job back.
The union therefore rejected the sentence and has appealed.

Slawomir Kaczmarek is one of the sacked workers who are being supported by the
"Committee for the Aid and Defence of Workers Hit by Reprisals". Krzysztof
Labadz, of KWK Budryk, and Darek Skrzypczak, of Goplana Poznan, have already
won back their jobs. A decision in the case of Jacek Rosolowki, fired for
trying to set up a union at the Impel-Tom company, will probably be made on 10
October 2006.

The CGT demonstration in Madrid will take place on the same day (Thursday 26th)
as a solidarity demonstration with Slawomir Kaczmarek and workers of the Lodz
temporary work agencies. This march will reach the offices of Uniontex in
Tymienieckiego Street. The Union Initiative is calling for all affiliates and
supporters to participate.

Confederal Press Office
C/ Sagunto 15, 1º planta – 28010 – Madrid
Telephone: 91 447 57 69 / 690 640 826
Fax: 91 445 31 32.
E-mail: prensa@cgt.org.es


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