Some court employees started a grassroots protest on Monday. They don’t come to work, they take sick leave. Justyna Przybylska, president of the National Independent Trade Union “Ad Rem”, said on TVN24 that the Ministry of Justice “does not react” to their demands. These include, first of all, a change in the organization of the work of courts and an increase in number of employees. “We feel like a screw factory where people don’t count,” she added.
Since Monday, some employees of courts and prosecutor’s offices, including assistants and clerks, have not come to work on sick leave. This is a different form of protest that has been going on since 5 July.
According to “Gazeta Wyborcza”, the District Court for Łódź-Śródmieście has about 480 jobs, and on Monday only about 60 people were employed, and about half of the 400 employees do not work in the district court in this city.
Przybylska: The Ministry of Justice does not react at all
Justyna Przybylska, the president of the National Independent Trade Union “Ad Rem”, spoke about the protest on TVN24. She explained that the protest did not concern the judges, but their associates. – The protest is open to ordinary workers, all professional groups, which together form a unity, which form the entire system of connected vessels enabling the passing of a sentence. They are simply ordinary employees and officials who are simply fed up with the prevailing working conditions and pay – she said. She added that workers were forced to protest “against the passivity of the Ministry of Justice”. – On July 5, desperate workers took up a protest and we have been in the protest action since then, and since then it has been uninterrupted – Przybylska added.
– Our protest escalates in line with how the ministry reacts. He does not react at all, therefore the anger, nervousness and the feeling of disrespect of the employees increase – she emphasized.
She said that when the Ministry of Justice did not start any talks, “the employees decided to take a bottom-up initiative to take care of themselves and their health.” – They wrote us a letter we received yesterday and clearly write that they feel disrespected, they feel like workhorses. Because the courts are like this now, we are desperate – she continued.
Przybylska: it’s a snowball effect
She explained that the number of courts where employees do not come to work is increasing. – Yesterday evening there were about 40 of them. From the morning I have information about the next courts, which are also being stopped for this reason – she said.
– It is the effect of the snowball, but most of all the way the Minister of Justice approaches us – she said.
– Our demands are primarily a change in the organization of work, reduction of unnecessary office space, increasing the number of staff, because all this affects the efficiency of the procedure, (…), we now feel like a screw factory, where people do not count – she said.
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