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(en) Poland, ozzip: Time for an employee anti-crisis shield - trade unions are mobilizing to fight together during the crisis [machine translation]

Date Fri, 1 May 2020 08:59:06 +0300

35 OZZ Commission Initiative for Workers and 8 plant structures of other trade unions have signed a joint appeal for the Workers' Anti-Crisis Shield. The signatories demand a change in the state policy towards the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic and call on other trade unions to joint, joint and several actions, including a general strike. ---- The entire appeal of the trade unions together with the list of committees that signed it can be found here:[LINK] ---- All trade unions who want to join the joint struggle for labor rights in times of crisis, please contact us at the email address: contact[@]ozzip.pl(The list of structures that signed the appeal is updated on a regular basis.) ---- The trade union appeal contains 13 postulates regarding anti-crisis policy and a call for joint union activities to block salary cuts and dismissals:

1. Shorten the working day to seven hours without reducing wages to reduce unemployment.
2. Permanent contracts of indefinite duration for all employees. Contracts, work contracts, self-employment, temporary and temporary work prevent real care for health and safety during work and force employees to come to work when they are sick.
3. The introduction of wages in accordance with the 3: 1 rule. It means that the highest wage in an enterprise cannot be higher than three times the lowest. This solution allows you to make savings in the payroll fund.
4. Simplification of the collective dispute procedure. All employees should be guaranteed effective access to the constitutionally protected right to strike. To this end, it is necessary to simplify the negotiation phase and abolish the obligation to hold a strike referendum.
5. Allowing trade unions to participate in company 'crisis staffs' which set procedures for employee safety and work organization during the crisis, such as the current epidemic. Currently, only representatives of the employer often take part in the work of "staffs", bypassing trade union organizations.
6. The indefinite suspension of public aid for large private enterprises operating in Special Economic Zones. Beneficiaries of state aid from the manufacturing industry, who recorded profits above PLN 50 million in the last year, should switch production to help under-funded medical care systems (respirators and personal protective equipment) at the cost of producing the material.
7. Introduction of regular plant disinfection. Plant disinfection should take place when employees are not on site. The disinfection time should be adapted to the number of employees and the size of the plant. For this period, employees should receive paid parking. Complete disinfection of the plant should take place after every coronavirus infection.
8. Increase in the amount of unemployment benefits, extension of their payment period and universal right to receive such benefit for all unemployed persons.
9. Universal right to health insurance and free healthcare system benefits.
10. Protection of pensions and raising the minimum amount of retirement. The aim should be to create a pension system that provides elderly people with decent benefits to cover living costs.
11. Freezing of rents and payments for an apartment, suspension of eviction. Due to the crisis, the threat of eviction will affect thousands of people. Mass evictions will only aggravate social collapse.
12. Granting public health financing priority on the state expenditure side.
13. Creating a fiscal program to support the care sector.

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