May. 01, 2019 After three weeks the national strike by school staff has been suspended but the ZNP teachers' union is determined to maintain its campaign for more funding for education and better pay for teachers and other school workers. The union says that the first stage of the strike was a success in putting education at the centre of the national debate and highlighting the low levels of pay across the sector. While the union has secured a 10% pay increase it remains committed to higher pay as well as aiming for major reforms of the education system and getting a commitment to increased funding.
Apr. 16, 2019 Teachers, childcare workers and school administrative and other staff began an all-out strike on 8 April following three weeks of negotiations with the government over pay. The negotiations also came after a three-year campaign of demonstrations and protests over low pay in the sector affecting both teachers and other school staff. With the government refusing to come up with a decent pay offer, support for strike action was very high, registering 80%-90% in some areas. The action comes at a time when other groups of public service workers are either taking strike action or pushing for higher pay. EPSU sent a message of support.
Jun. 20, 2018
The changes to the labour codes, reform of social protection and health systems and the experience with privatization were some of the issues addressed by the union leaders of the constituency.
Nov. 17, 2017 Members of the Solidarity trade union working in the courts and prosecutors' offices organised a protest on 13 November over pay. Rather than the image of high-paid judges and prosecutors, the union says that 80% of workers get less than 2000 ZLT (EUR 475) a month and their pay claim is for a modest 100 ZLT a month (EUR 25). The protestors handed in a petition to the prime minister also calling for an increase in jobs in the sector.
Oct. 27, 2017 The OPZZ and Solidarnosc trade union confederations have expressed their support for protests by junior doctors over pay and health funding. A hunger strike by a group of junior doctors has been joined by representatives of other medical professions and their key demands are supported by the wider union movement. The unions want to see the proposed law on health sector salaries revised through a proper process of social dialogue to deliver fair and higher salaries for all occupations in the sector.
Aug. 31, 2017 An analysis by the European Trade Union Institute shows that wage convergence between East and West in Europe was steady up until 2008. However, since then the trend has either stalled or gone into reverse. Taking national average pay as a percentage of the average across the pre-2004 EU15, Croatia and Hungary show the largest increase in the pay gap since 2008. There were also increases in Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.Most progress was made in Bulgaria but from a very low level (11.8%) to 17.7%, still less than a fifth of average pay in the West.
Aug. 03, 2017 Nine organisations representing healthworkers, including the OZZPiP nurses' and midwives' union, have come together in a campaign calling for pay increases across the sector. The unions have coordinated a petition that has gathered over 230000 signatures and on 17 July organised a demonstration outside parliament. The unions are arguing for a new pay system with minimum rates for different professions.
Jun. 29, 2017
Referring to the proud history of the actions of the Polish trade union of nurses and midwives, EPSU General Secretary supported the union’s continued demand for decent pay and conditions
May. 29, 2014 The three trade union confederations - NSZZ Solidarity, OPZZ and FZZ - have called for a 7% increase in the minimum wage, higher than the 3% on offer from the government. The unions argue that with economic growth it is a good time to move towards the long-term target of a minimum wage equivalent to 50% of the average wage. The unions have also called for a general wage increase of 5.6%, with a higher increase of 9% for workers in the budget (public sector).Read more at > Warsaw Voice news website (EN)
Sep. 18, 2013 Over 100000 workers joined a national demonstration in Warsaw on Saturday 14th September. The protest marked the end of four days of action organised jointly by the three main confederations - Solidarnosc, OPZZ and Forum. The confederations were protesting against government plans to deregulate employment law, increase retirement ages to 67 and introduce reforms to health services. Read more at > Polish Radio news (EN)Read the EPSU solidarity letter at > EPSUAnd the ETUC solidarity message at > ETUC
May. 02, 2013 The Solidarnosc trade union confederation is consulting its membership to see what anti-government protest action it might organise in the summer with a general strike included in the range of possibilities. The confederation opposes what it sees as “junk” employment contracts, which limit employment rights, and want a higher minimum wage. They also want more support for certain types of industry and changes to the healthcare system.Read more at > Warsaw Voice news website (EN)