A strike is underway at the Paroc plant in Trzemeszno in the Greater Poland Voivodeship. The protest began on August 4. Employees are demanding, inter alia, an internship allowance and a guarantee of employment contracts for an indefinite period. – This is a critical moment of the talks – emphasized in an interview with TVN24 Biznes Grzegorz Ilnicki, representative of the national board of OPZZ Konfederacja Pracy.
The strike began on Wednesday, August 4 at 21. “The strike in Paroc has not been stopped. The talks are ongoing and are very difficult,” Ilnicki wrote on Tuesday on Facebook.
A strike at the Paroc plant
“We are at a critical moment in the negotiations between the employer-negotiating team and employees. I am writing this post because we receive congratulations and signals of support from all over the world. We have to wait with that. It is now being decided whether the plant will start or continue. space for more information. We will contact you. Thank you again for your support “- he added in the post.
On Tuesday, striking unions said on social media that “Paroc’s employee support continues” and 120,000 people have already been collected from the online fundraiser. zloty.
A strike referendum was held at the end of July. “Over 60 percent of the staff voted, of which the overwhelming majority – over 97 percent – voted for a general strike,” the OPZZ press office informed. As he added, the strike is to last until further notice.
At the end of June, trade unionists associated with the Confederation of Labor belonging to the OPZZ decided on a warning strike. Employees demand, inter alia, better pay conditions, as well as guarantees of employment contracts for an indefinite period. The OPZZ noted that the employees’ demands were still unfulfilled.
The protest was supported by one of the leaders of the Together Party, Adrian Zandberg. – We are dealing with unreasonable stubbornness on the part of the employer. Each day of this strike costs the company greater than the fulfillment of these modest employee demands – said the politician.
Work stoppage at Paroc’s plants
“We have stopped the workplace. The furnaces are shut down, the production has stopped. The crew refused to work as a whole because our demands are not met. The company can afford to pay people worthy apprenticeship allowances. The company can afford to valorize our salaries with dignity. The company does not. can employ people in semi-junk fixed-term contracts “- he informed on Wednesday (August 4) in the post on Facebook of the Workers Union OPZZ Confederation of Work in Paroc Trzemeszno.
“We proposed various compromise solutions, but if the employer is far from a rational compromise, he has a strike. And there is a strike. Paroc Polska is standing !!!” – added.
Paroc about the strike
The Paroc company confirmed in a statement that a strike at the plant in Trzemeszno had begun. “On August 4, 2021, exercising their right to strike and doing so in accordance with the established regulations, OPZZ Konfederacja Pracy and Solidarność 80 began a strike at the plant in Trzemeszno” – indicated.
“The Management Board declares its readiness for dialogue and expresses its willingness to reach an agreement, and at the same time ensures that it supports the organizers in their efforts to preserve the safety of the protesters and those who are present at the plant, but do not support this protest” – we read in a statement sent to us .
We also asked if and possibly when talks with trade unionists were to take place. “Due to respect for our employees and their representatives, we will conduct further information and talks directly with the social side, during meetings or in correspondence addressed directly to them” – replied Paroc.
The Paroc Group is an international producer of stone wool insulation. The plant in Trzemeszno is one of the largest employers in the region, employing a total of 780 people, indicated the Polish Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ).
Main photo source: Confederation of Labor Trzemeszno