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Krakow: Workers Left Hanging in Hospital Commericalization

Starting July 1, the Rydygier hospital in Krakow is to become the first fully commericalized hospital in the Malopolska Vojevodship. Even though this is to happen in only a few days, workers at the hospital have no idea what their working conditions will be in this new commerical entity - or whether they will be hired at all. In addition to these problems, there are shadows of corruption related to a tender won by the former vice-director and in general, there is a scandalous mess related to lack of information.

Fiat Tychy Tries to Impose Worse Conditions

The management of FIAT in Tychy are trying to get the unions to agree to even worse working conditions. The company is trying to make use of the "Anti-Crisis Act" to change, among other things, work schedules.

Russia: Ammendment to the Law on Trade Unions

On June 18, the State Duma adopted ammendments to the Law on Trade Unions. The ammendments free employers from several obligations and limitations. Previously, permission from the trade union had to be received in order to fire one of its members or impose disciplinary sanctions. Also, members of unions had certain protection against transfer to other workplaces.

Ammendments to article 25 of the law have now made it easier to fire and transfer union members.

Work Camp in Lower Silesia: Ukrainians not paid for picking strawberries

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Authorities in Lower Silesia have uncovered a work camp where 33 Ukrainians (28 women / 5 men) were workng in scandalous conditions. They were supposed to earn 2 zl. (less than 50 euro cents) per basket of strawberries picked. Below we can see an example of wages paid for the period of May 4 - May 31 of this year: 122 zloties net - or about 30 euros for almost one month of work!

Besides this the people lived in cramped conditions with improper sanitation and no working refrigerator. The public prosecutor's office has been informed and the employer faces fines for, among other things violating the labour law, illegally employing people, creating health and sanity risks. He may also face criminal charges.

Picket at H&M in Warsaw

18 June was a picket in the center of Warsaw at HM. The picket was related to two cases of violating workers' rights. The first was in relation to the horrible tragedy at the Garib garment factory in Bangladesh, On February 25, 22 workers were killed in a fire. The workers were locked in the factory and could not escape; on top of that, there were numerous safety violations. The National Garment Workers Federation is calling for compensation for the families of the victims and better safety standards at the factory.

More information:
http://www.cleanclothes.org/urgent-actions/garib-fire-survivors-call-for...

Faxes / Emails for Stranded Chinese Workers

Call for Support (Sending Faxes and E-mails)
(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

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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.