Employees protest at the entrance gate to the stud in Janów Podlaski (lubelskie province). They do not want their new president to be Hanna Sztuka, who previously managed i.a. stud in Białka. She organized a conference in front of the Ministry of Agriculture, during which she reassured the employees. It was also supported by Sławomir Izdebski, president of OPZZ Farmers and Agricultural Organizations.
– Employees do not have the slightest reason to worry, because they are simply needed, this company cannot exist without employees. They must perform their work, tasks and receive their remuneration for it – said Hanna Sztuka, who was entrusted by the National Agricultural Support Center with the function of the president of the Janów Podlaski Stud, during a press conference in front of the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday (March 15).
When on Monday (March 13) morning the employees unofficially found out about this, they blocked the entrance to the stud and announced that they would not let the new president in. They want the current president, Lucjan Cichosz, to switch to retirementwas taken over by his deputy.
Janow Podlaski. They want the current vice-president to become president
– Lucjan Cichosz – as he promised us – took a deputy who is a veterinarian and knows very well about horse breeding. Today, unfortunately, after a month and a half, he had to resign – said Mariusz Kwiatkowski, an employee of the stud in Janów Podlaski and a representative of local trade unions, on Monday in front of the TVN24 camera.
The protest continued on Tuesday. On the other hand, KOWR officially announced the appointment of Hanna Sztuki to the position. Representatives of the center also came for talks with employees.
Hanna Sztuka: I will do everything to help the company regain its position in the world
– Janów’s problem today is management. That’s why I was offered this difficult position. It was not an easy decision, because I have a place to pursue my professional career, but I treated it as a “homeland in need”, I need help, and hence my decision to come to Janów. I will do everything, if I am allowed, for this company to regain its position in the world and have good financial results – said Hanna Sztuka during the aforementioned conference in front of the Ministry of Agriculture.
She also stated that it is with great pain that she observes what has been happening at the stud in Janów Podlaski for the last seven years – how much the image and brand have been drawn into politics.
– And this is not good news for Janów, but at the same time, as a breeder, as a manager and farmer, I am observing the complete collapse of the stud, a breeding that has now completely lost its importance in the world. The complete lack of success of the horses, foolish breeding decisions, which further aggravate the economic situation in Janów, mean that this company has less and less chance to recover – emphasized the new president.
Sławomir Izdebski: we are fed up with what is happening at stud farms
She was supported by Sławomir Izdebski, president of OPZZ Farmers and Agricultural Organizations.
– He is not a parachutist, he is a professional who was proposed for the first time in history by farmers’ unions and by the farmers themselves. We are fed up with what is happening in state-owned companies, we are fed up with what is happening in horse farms managed by incompetent officials – he said.
He added that today professionals not necessarily related to the political world have to take matters into their own hands.
– And such a professional is Mrs. Hania Sztuka, who proved it with her activities – in Michałów, secondly in Białka. In Michałów, one year almost one million in the black, the second year almost one million eight hundred in the black. The situation in Białka was difficult. Within a year and a half, she got out of the way. That is why we believe that he is the only person who is able to, of course, even with our help, lead Janów Podlaski straight – said Sławomir Izdebski
On Thursday (March 16) a meeting of KOWR representatives with protesting stud employees was to take place. We are waiting for their results.
Main photo source: TVN24