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(en) Poland, Workers initiative, We want to work together - talk to a DHL employee from Wrzesnia [machine translation]

Date Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:05:10 +0300

Employees of DHL Exel Supply Chain (Poland) Sp. z oo, which in the framework of a three-year tender logistically handles Volkswagen in Wrzesnia, joined our union. On September 6, 2017, the management board of DHL was informed that the Employee Initiative covered the workplace. DHL's colleagues - as in the employment agency - are equal members of our union. We will work together to improve working conditions. ---- Why did you decide to join the trade union? ---- We used to talk about it, but everything went on and nothing came of it. We were upset when it turned out that different employees were given different increases. We also do not like that employees have different bonuses - some, especially those who work from the beginning, have up to 20%, others up to 10%. We would like them to be equal. We also want clear criteria for awarding this bonus, because now it is said that it is generally "for work" and is taken away quite freely, eg when a percentage of workers are ill. First of all, we demand a clear grading - now employees have different rates in the same positions.

We mean better salaries for everyone, because many workers are free, they find better paid jobs in the area. Warehouse worker DHL earns about 2300 zl gross base, truck operator has an add. This is not enough. We would like to have an impact on the Social Fund, increase the write-off for an employee, because it is now the lowest. We see how Volkswagen gets Christmas packages for children, and we do not have it. We also want to have access to all the rules. We should think about the social labor inspector, but also about the daily facilitation of the employees: for example, it would be worthwhile to have the parking place on the other side of the hall where we have lockers.

How are relationships between Volkswagen employees and DHL?

We work side by side. DHL provides goods receipt, packing, delivery of goods on line. We are different, depending on the link: on one we are very close, we help each other, but on the other some look at us in advance. We would like to work together so that the employees of Volkswagen understand our problems: sometimes people are missing, especially wheelchairs, we do not have full load, because people themselves leave. Before we load everything in the carts, it takes, we should not impede each other's life.

Some of our colleagues were shocked that the Volkswagen unionists wanted to work with us because they thought they were skeptical of us. At the founding meeting came a great delegation from the Volkswagen, we did not expect this, we were very pleasantly surprised. The proposal to work together was very constructive.

We have heard of three dismissed workers before, and so people are afraid that we too may be fired for the union. People do not want to lose their jobs or be punished for relocation - they want to work on the spot in Wrzesnia, not to come from Swarzedz, here they have friends and ripped brigades.

But we also do not want to be afraid: the employees are quite rude on VZ-tach (release of goods, repairs, klt-eki, wywózna). Markety keep a little apart. There is still welding. Before we joined the trade union, we made a discernment: we conducted a survey on all sections. We tried not to be so no one was informed. We collected 50-60 signatures of people willing to join the union. We were very pleased with the reception at the start - we already knew it was worth doing. But we also explain to people that we have to work together, that it can not be that someone has the requirements, and nothing from himself does not give. We want the employees to come to the meetings and agree on the next steps. We have a lot to do!

The interview was published in the newspaper "On the First Line", issued by the OZZ Workers' Initiative on Volkswagen. All in PDF format can be downloaded HERE .

Important! We also invite employees and employees of DHL to attend a general meeting of members and members of the Intercommunal Commission of OZZIP at Volkswagen Poznan. October 15, 2017 (Sunday) at the Ósmego Dnia Theater, ul. Ratajczaka 44

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