The city guards want raises and the resignation of the commandant. As Monika Beuth-Lutyk, the press spokeswoman for the Warsaw City Hall, reported, the city understands the demands of the guards and assures that talks will be started. “We’re counting on an agreement,” she said.
A letter was received by the city guards in which the city guards gave an ultimatum to President Rafał Trzaskowski. They demand raises and the dismissal of the commander of the city guard in Warsaw. If their demands are not met by December 18, they will start a protest action.
– We are not surprised by the postulates of city guards, we understand them. Everything is more expensive, electricity and gas prices are rising – said a spokeswoman for the capital city hall. – As a city, we are also in a difficult situation. We are planning budget cuts that will result from the Polish Deal – she added. At the same time, she noted that the city would enter into talks with the guards. – We are counting on an agreement with the city guards. We will talk about it together – said Monika Beuth-Lutyk. She also reminded that – as you know – the guards are not the only social group that wants pay raises.
The guards are threatening to strike
The Warsaw guards wrote in a letter about their disastrous financial and personnel situation. They demand an increase in the basic monthly salary of guards by PLN 1,700 with compensation from September 2019, and for other employees by PLN 800 gross. The second condition concerns the resignation of the capital commandant of the fire, who – in their opinion – is responsible for leading to this dramatic situation.
Pursuant to the Act, employees of the civil service, including city guards, are strictly prohibited from strikes. However, they may take part in protests, the course of which does not interfere with the normal functioning of the office. Therefore, the guards can, for example, flag a building, attach special badges, or lead the so-called Italian strike, consisting in a very meticulous performance of official duties, which causes the services to be blocked. The restriction of the right to strike was introduced by the Act of 23 May 1991 on resolving collective disputes.
City guard interventions
City guard in Warsaw
Recently, the Warsaw Municipal Police celebrated its 30th anniversary. About 1,400 city guards are employed in Warsaw. As we read in last year’s summary report, the operators of the 986 emergency number in 2020 received 435,038 reports, which means that city guards intervened approximately 1,189 times a day.
The highest number of reports concerned road safety (49 percent), public safety and order (29 percent), environmental protection (15 percent), and animals (seven percent).
Main photo source: Municipal Police