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(en) Poland, workers initiative: Yesterday Bratislava tomorrow Poznan [machine translation]

Date Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:48:43 +0200


At Volkswagen Poznan employees are demanding a hike. The main claim is 1000 zlotys to the basic salary. The Employee Initiative has handed out leaflets with calculations that justify current pay claims yesterday. ---- Package contents: ---- It started in June in Bratislava. After half a year of negotiations, Slovak VW employees understood that the talks did not work - they went on strike and won. Of course, VW and those who say it, say that this strike did not make sense, that it would be better to work like an ox and wait for the administration to pity us. We have been hearing it for years and nothing changes. The truth is that the management will never appreciate us and we, instead of waiting, should join the Slovaks in the summer. Anyway, in the summer we started the Employee Initiative. Not to wait, just to push on those who say we have to sit quietly. Still no one imagined that the situation at the plant could change. In the meantime, on 30 August in Portugal, VW employees stopped the factory for one day - too tired to wait.

Negotiations are ongoing. The board loves when employees, instead of acting, wait for the "mountain" to negotiate something. As long as the production goes to full steam, profits are rising, and wages are in place, negotiations can last indefinitely and everything is playing. Two weeks ago we showed what we think about their negotiations. When the board at the crew meetings convinced him of his grave situation, the crew whistled or left without listening to what he had to say. They wanted to negotiate, they have it! Our response from two weeks ago has been the strongest argument in the "dialogue" that has so far failed. Why do we cling to "dialogue" if the strongest arguments we have in the halls? We will gain more by cooperating with each other in the halls than by listening to the subsequent messages from fruitless negotiations. Their only effect is that,

Until they see that we can fight, they will still be telling us that we are making too much money and we are not working enough. If they want to make additional changes, as in Germany, let them give us the same wages and benefits. If they force us to do overtime, we can refuse them together. Day by day the situation gets tense. We must be aware that we are now moving towards the strike. Solidarity itself announces the start of a collective dispute. In this respect, we will be together and as it will be, the Employee Initiative will also enter into a collective dispute. We all see that without doing anything, we will gain nothing.

Did you know that under the current agreement for 2015-17:

* Only 20% of the crew is recruited annually. This means that an employee on average every 5 years will advance one group higher. The transition from the basic 3G group to the 5C group (11 subgroups in total) takes an average of 55 years.

* In 2015, wage growth in VW was only 1.5%. The average wage growth in the economy was 3.3%.
In 2016, the increase in wages in VW amounted to 2 percent. The average wage growth in the economy was 4%.
In 2017, the increase in wages in VW was 2%. The average wage growth rate in the economy is 5%.
Wage increases in VW are more than half lower than average wage growth in the economy. This means that VW underestimates the average wage level in Poland.

* The amount of allowances and bonuses is calculated on the basis of the basic salary. When it is low, bonuses and bonuses are low. Bonuses and allowances are significant only for high grades.

When the company gains we lose

In 2016, VW's turnover increased by € 4 billion to € 217.3 billion. At the same time, it sold the most cars in the world - 10.3 million, and its profit increased by 14% and amounted to 14.6 billion. In a nutshell, it alone records sales, sales and profits, but not in terms of pay. With good results, the Volkswagen boss recently announced a share increase in shareholder profit, while announcing that the company will do everything to work even faster and more efficiently. Despite this, we are constantly being told that we want too much. In the meantime, the management and shareholders are raking in fortunes about which none of the employees has dreamed. We are working so that they can enjoy life in luxury.

They still force us to work faster, which more than once violates safety and health rules, adds further changes, force them to perform "voluntary" overtime. When the gas boom broke out, those responsible for it got a soft landing. Now we have to fix, what they have broken, and if something goes wrong, we will soon land on hard pavement, without any help. In the face of such a situation we say briefly: Ladies and gentlemen of the VW Board, we will no longer pay for your crisis.

http://ozzip.pl/teksty/informacje/wielkopolskie/item/2312-wczoraj-bratyslawa-jutro-poznan
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