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(sent by ZSP-IWA Warsaw)

21 Construction Workers Stranded in Warsaw

The workers came from the Xantung province to work in Poland. They paid huge money to an agency for these jobs and one-way tickets to Poland. They were hired by a company called Turret Development. Turret
Development is owned by American businessman Michael Alter, president of the Alter Group, one of the ten largest commercial real estate developers in the United States. Alter has been investing in real estate in Poland and using cheap Asian labour for this work.

The people worked last year on the Wola Tower construction site in Warsaw, After that, they were sent by Turret to work in Lodz and in Olawa, doing finishing work in new flats during the winter.

Chinese Construction Workers Again Stranded in Warsaw


A group of 21 Chinese construction workers have ended up camped outside the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw. They have no money to return home and are waiting for help.

The workers were hired by a company called Turret Development. Turret Development is owned by American businessman Michael Alter, president of the Alter Group, one of the ten largest commercial real estate developers in the United States. Alter has been investing in real estate in Poland and using cheap Asian labour for this work.

Currently we are investigating the situation with these workers. One thing is clear: they were hired by Turret Development to work on the Wola Tower construction site. After that, they were sent by Turret to work in Lodz and in Olawa.

Proposed Amendment to the Labour Law in Croatia

Croatian „Maggie“ and Labor Law reform

Croatian Premier Jadranka Kosor and her Cabinet proposed a new amendment to the Labor Law which would do away with the miniumum wage. The amendment states that one of the important factors in the crisis of capitalism in Croatia, contributing to a great number of closed workplaces is the “fact” that employers are obliged to pay a minimum wage their workers! (Just for your information, the minimum salary in Croatia is around 2.814 Croatian kunas BRUTTO, which is something like 390€ a month.)

90% of Workers at Polish National Railways for General Strike

A strike referendum was held in connection with the dispute between the Confederation of Railway Trade Unions and three firms being part of the Polish National Railways group: PKP PLK, PKP CARGO, and PKP Regional Carriers. 90% of the workers taking part voted for a strike.

There is also another dispute going on with PKP Intercity.

Deal With It! The FAU Berlin Can Call Itself a Union

About 50 people gathered in the biggest hall of Berlin's Higher Court on the morning of June 10th. They were waiting for the decision on the FAU Berlin's appeal on whether they could call themselves a union. Only 15 minutes into the trial, the judge delivered the verdict. The injunction is overturned; the ban is repealed; the crowd goes wild.

FAU Berlin Wins Appeal Against Ban


Today in Berlin was the appeal process against the verdict given Dec. 11, 2009 which forbid FAU Berlin from calling itself a union. The appeal court overturned the decision and the bosses of Kino Babylon Mitte cannot appeal this. The judges argued that calling oneself a union falls under the rights of free speech.

It is still unknown what will happen about the fines which were levied o the union after the ban. For example, thez were fined for having references to themselves as a union in the statutes which were published on the internet.

After the announcement of the decision, there was a picket in front of the court and then people headed to Kino Babylon for another to celebrate the victory over the boss.

Repression for Warning Strike


The leaders of all four unions at the Wagon Factory in Gniewczyna were fired on June 1 as retribution for a 1.5 hour warning strike held on May 10 in the factory.

The fired union activists are: Marian Wacnik from Solidarity, Paweł Kordas from the Union of Railway Technical Support Workers, Andrzej Kowal from the Union of Technical and Economic Workers and Zbigniew Mączka from the Alternative Trade Union.

The company, which is owned by a Slovak investment vehicle, Bribon Enterprises, claims that there was no legal basis for the warning strike and that the union leaders neglected their work duties and caused losses to the company.

Berlin Courts' Logic Supply Dangerously Low

An interview with Lars Röhm about the fine against the FAU Berlin

The call for international solidarity with the miners of Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo region.

In the night of May, 8 a powerful explosion ripped through Russia's largest coal mine Raspadskaya near the city of Mezhdurechensk, Kemerovo region, followed by another methane blast 4 hours later. Several ground-based structures were destroyed by the double blast which also led to the ventilation system being rendered inoperative. The exact death toll is still unknown. Currently, official media reported 66 workers dead, 84 injured and 24 missing. A sudden excess of level of methane is said to have caused the explosion. -- All the essential safety regulations were poorly enforced in the mine. -- To continue the production process the mine workers were forced by the managers to cover the detectors measuring the level of methane and the amount of coal dust in the mine.

Workers at Bus Company Strike Against Privatization


Workers at the state-owned bus company PKS in Gostynin have been striking since Tuesday. They are against the privatization of the company and demand its communalization.

Besides this, there has been no collective agreement since Oct. 2009. Workers are also demanding pay rises.

The State Treasury announced in December that it wanted to sell PKS bus companies in seven cities in the Mazowsze region. Besides Gostynin, they want to sell the companies in Minsk Mazowiecki, Ciechanow, Mława, Ostrołęka, Płock and Przasnysz. The workers are afraid of what may happen after privatization. Typically, privatized bus companies have seen stark cuts in workplaces and wages, and the introduction of worse working conditions and precarious contract labour.

Collective Labour Dispute in Cadbury, Poland

Workers at the Cadbury plant in Brzeg are in a collective labour dispute. The workers are demanding a pay raise. Some workers, but not recent hires and a good part of production workers, were offered a four percent raise. This is not acceptable for a company with such good financial results, especially when raises haven't been given in years.

Workers also want extra payment for work on Saturday and Sunday.

Another reason for the dispute is harrassment of workers and unionists.

Of Course They're a Fucking U***n - Or Why the FAU Berlin Isn't Allowed to Call Itself a Union Anymore

We're under constant pressure. Capitalism needs labor, cheap labor that works long hours, in order to maximize profit. We feel it day in and day out. This pressure leads to downsizing; fewer workers are doing more. At the same time "atypical" employment is on the rise: temps, short-term contracts, freelancers, part-timers and workfare.

Precarious work means insecurity, hire and fire, overtime, no vacations, on-call, low-pay, no sick pay, and fear of losing your job. For those lucky enough to have a "normal" job, fear of temporary work and welfare lead them to keep quiet until it's too late. The results are powerlessness and isolation.

Warsaw - Workers from PKP Regional Lines Storm HQ During Union Negotiations; Rail Workers Strike and Block Rails in Białystok

Workers from Polish State Railways Regional Lines protested yesterday in front of its headquarters in Warsaw. The protest took place during a meeting between the board of the company and representatives from 18 of the largest unions in the firm.

During the protest, a few dozen angry workers got in the building and demanded to see the director. He came out and explained that the company was in a difficult financial situationn and is therefore carrying our restructuring. 700 people are to be dismissed.

This is just another blow to PKP workers, who have been facing mass redunancies throughout the PKP group while the company gathers capital.

Radical workers inside PKP are fed up and are trying to consider if they can organize some actions.

Two Suicide Attempts this Month at Polish Telecom and Open Letter from Workers


The wave of suicides at France Telecom last year made headlines around the world. But in Poland, the suicide attempts of two workers in one month at TP S.A. (Polish Communications, owned by France Telecom) is being hushed over, as are complaints by the workers. They have also written an open letter, again repressed by the mainstream media (but published here).

On March 8, a 38-year old woman jumped out of a third floor window at the Poznan TP S.A. office. Although he broke her spine and sustained injuries to the brain, she miraculously survived.

The woman had worked an office job at TPSA, but when layoffs were made, she was offered a new (and worse) position at their call center.

Nestlé workers in Russia need our help today

Last November, workers at Nestlé Waters Direct near Moscow joined together to do something about eroding real wages and deteriorating working conditions. They formed a union.

Management responding by harassment, discriminatory work assignments, cutting drivers' wages by half and sacking the union vice-chair. The workers are determined to defend their union and win their rights.

Please support them by sending a message to Nestlé.

To learn more about Nestlé's serial violations of workers rights, check out the IUF's Nespressure website and Facebook group.