Submitted by akai on Aug 25 2014 10:26
Next week Solidarity will organize its anniversary festival in Gdansk. It will be punctuated by such events as a huge mass in a grand cathedral and a ceremony dedicated to union-busting Ronald Reagan.
Submitted by akai on Sep 15 2013 20:28
On September 14, mass protests were held in Warsaw against recent anti-labour legislation. Unfortunately the unions did not call a strike.
Submitted by akai on Aug 27 2013 17:14
Workers of the Firem Factory near Modena should take issue with the government of Poland. This is because their jobs have been moved here – to Oława where their ex-boss, Fabrizio Pedroni, will receive tax exemptions and other aid for creating jobs in Poland.
Submitted by akai on Jul 15 2013 17:50
The so-called “Solidarity” union from a furniture factory in Bartoszyce has issued a scandalous statement in what seems to be a campaign organized by the bosses of Black Red White company to protect its image after the events of recent weeks.
Submitted by akai on Jul 5 2013 15:06
Last year Poland raised the retirement age to 67 and this year got rid of the guaranteed 8-hour day. Up til now, the main unions have responded with barely a peep. This lack of union militancy has no doubt given the green light to the neoliberal government to push ahead with such anti-worker measures. Now, as the workers demand some response, one wonders if this will be too little, too late. What are the factors that have lead to this situation? They are complex, ranging from the specifics of the local social conditions to the institutions of trade union collaboration. The following is the first in a series of articles on the situation of the unions in Poland.
Submitted by akai on May 16 2012 08:17
Lech Walesa has said that unionists protesting against raising the retirement age should have been clubbed and Members of Parliament from the ruling ''Civic Platform” party want to sue them for ''forced overtime”.
Submitted by akai on May 2 2012 17:50
On May Day, various part of the left and right political spectrum came out to demonstrate.
Submitted by akai on May 24 2011 21:41
Support sweatshop workers in the struggle to improve their working conditions and organize! Management fired union activists, death threats made.
Submitted by akai on Mar 8 2011 00:19
Akai discusses the situation of women at work and in the home.
Submitted by akai on Nov 20 2010 00:51
How far can one go with "diversity of tactics" before diverging with anarchism?
As groups call for entrance into politics or make coalitions with nationalists, this question has shown the urgency for tactical debate based on empirical experience.
Submitted by akai on Nov 16 2010 04:30
Turning a blind eye to right-wing involvement in syndicalist movements.
Submitted by akai on Sep 21 2010 23:11
The two largest unions in Poland, Solidarity and OPZZ, are going back to the negotiating table. They have already agreed with the bosses to smash the independent unions.
Submitted by akai on Sep 6 2010 11:19
Only 11 workers refuse illegal bum deal offered by their boss. It is depressing and their victory is needed!
Submitted by akai on Aug 21 2010 07:05
Conflict at Azteca Bar inspiration for wider campaign.
Submitted by akai on Jul 23 2010 13:57
In the third week of a heat wave, more about more workers in Warsaw are collapsing in the street.
Submitted by akai on Jul 14 2010 22:09
Late on July 13 I received by personal email an invitation from "workers of TPSA" to join a picket in front of the French Embassy the next day. (TPSA is owned by France Telecom.)
Submitted by akai on Jun 14 2010 22:55
The following is a statement by ZSP.
Submitted by akai on May 16 2010 15:39
Thoughts on the options to privatization.
Submitted by akai on Mar 28 2010 12:44
Workers ask to help spread information about their plight.
Submitted by akai on Mar 27 2010 13:47
ZSP continues to receive news from disgruntled Lionbridge freelancers from all over the world. The latest is perhaps worth mentioning.