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