Again subcontracted construction workers get the shaft.
Some workers on the Torun Plaza shopping mall construction site have not got their salary for 2-3 months. This is because Plaza Centers, an international real estate development firm, has not paid the general contractor, which is turn has not made the subcontractors. Workers at the bottom of this pyramid, who earn the minimum wage of less than 350 euros a month, have to hear that "sorry, we haven't been paid".
Such problems are common, with the companies at the top usually using the excuse that the ones on the bottom aren't even their employees. But here the responsibility can clearly be traced to Plaza Centers.
The ZSP took action and went to visit the headquarters of Plaza Centers. Unfortunately, nobody there wanted to talk to us, quickly panicking and calling the security. A leafleting action followed in front of their office. The next day there was also an action on the construction site in Torun. There workers discussed what could be done and what the next steps should be. A delegate from ZSP stressed that direct action was the best method to force the bosses to pay up, but of course it could help workers file cases in court for payment. However people were warned that this could take a long time and if the company declared insolvency, they could be left with nothing. Furthermore, undocumented overtime work is common, and the workers might have a problem evidencing this in court. Direct action, namely a wildcat strike, was advised. Some seemed to be in favour.
The ZSP declared that if the workers are not paid, it will support any actions they would take, including blocking the grand opening of the shopping mall. More actions are being organized.
Plaza Centers refused to give any comment to the press on the situation.
More details on Plaza Centers: http://www.zsp.net.pl/plaza_centers