As a result of talks held on Tuesday between the Trade Union of Machinists in Poland and the management of the Warsaw Commuter Railway, a preliminary agreement was reached. There will be no general strike, at least for now. Further talks are scheduled for January.
Vice-President of the Trade Union of Machinists in Poland, Sławomir Centkowski, said that Tuesday’s talks ended with the trade union agreeing to pay a one-off amount of PLN 1,700. – The management board agreed to pay this money on December 11. However, this is not the end of the talks. We are sitting down for further mediations on January 10, Centkowski said.
Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa informed that as a result of mediations conducted on November 14 between the management board of WKD and representatives of the Trade Union of Railway Drivers in Poland and NSZZ “Solidarność” Mazowsze Region, in response to the proposals presented by the carrier, which included, among others: an increase in the basic salary of PLN 500 from April 1, 2024 was agreed to by NSZZ “Solidarność” Region Mazowsze, withdrawing from the dispute.
However, the Trade Union of Railway Drivers in Poland did not agree to the proposals submitted by the company, and maintained its demands for the introduction of a second increase in this year, 2023, and carried out a warning strike on November 15. WKD trains did not run between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. On Tuesday, November 28, further mediations were held between the drivers and the company’s management, but they did not result in an agreement.
Train drivers demand pay rises
On October 2, the trade union submitted a letter to the carrier demanding an increase in wages by PLN 1,000 from July 1. On October 4, the company’s management convened a meeting with the unions and announced that it had reached an agreement with the Marshal’s Office and would pay an increase in wages by PLN 500, although on September 27 it sent a letter in which it announced that an increase in wages was impossible for now because the owner did not agree. “I reminded the management board that the trade unions currently expect an increase in remuneration by PLN 1,000 from July 1 and by PLN 800 from January 1. But this PLN 800, as recorded in the minutes, will be the subject of subsequent meetings, the first one must be held by January 15” – served.
– Throughout the entire period of negotiations and mediation, the employer did not submit any salary increase proposals this year – informed Centkowski.
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