We sent a letter to the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy regarding the difficult situation of Polish carers working abroad.
The Trade Union of Cabin and Flight Crew associated in the Alternative Union sent a letter to the European Commission, asking for permission to co-finance PLL LOT by Polish government.
The trade union movement in Poland is in a state of deep crisis for structural reasons. We believe it is time to change the Trade Unions Act and assign a new role to trade unions. In Poland, the remits of trade unions are very limited. They have little impact on the...
The Alternative Union trade union proposes to introduce a minimum guaranteed income of PLN 1500 net for all adults. This benefit would apply to those with no income and those whose incomes fell below the threshold. Therefore if someone earned 700 PLN in March, in...
One of the main dysfunctions of the Polish labour market is the late payment of wages, which applies to both full-time contracts and, even more so, civil-legal contracts. That's why the Alternative Union trade union is calling for a mandatory interest rate for late...
Poles work long, hard and for little money. According to OECD figures, last year Germans worked 1363 hours, Danes 1392, French 1520, Belgians 1545, Japanese 1680, and Hungarians 1741. In turn, Polish employees worked as many as 1792 hours, which is nearly the most out...
Związkowa Alternatywa (The Alternative Union) is a nationwide trade union federation that brings together both individuals and trade unions.
The Alternative Union is a grassroots initiative that wants to bring a new quality to the Polish trade union movement. We were established in June last year, and since then we are active in all industry sectors and all over the country. The management board of the organization consists of two people, chairperson Piotr Szumlewicz and vice-chairperson Monika Żelazik. The same number of members sits in the audit committee: Piotr Gołąbek and Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat.
Our organization was created to fight mass labour rights violations, the gigantic scale of „junk contracts” along with employment instability, huge income inequalities, low wages in the budget and self-government sectors.
We are also tackling the scourge of the Polish labour market, which is the late payment of wages and the illegal imposition of non-permanent contracts. That’s why we are calling for the mandatory interest rate for late payment of wages at 0.5% of outstanding pay per day. We demand the elimination of non-standard contracts wherever statutory criteria for full-time employment are met. We are also pushing for 2.5 times higher wages for working on Sundays and holidays than for working on weekdays.
We are a fully transparent trade union and we are in favour of payroll disclosure. Nor are we afraid to talk about the dysfunctions present in trade unions. We founded a new trade union organization because we are concerned about the deteriorating condition of the Polish trade union movement. In our opinion, trade unions in Poland should be stronger but also should take on more responsibilities. That is why we are presenting a new framework for the functioning of the trade union movement. We believe that full-time unionists should have the same rights as labour inspectors and the whole economy should be covered by industry collective bargaining agreements.
We want to unify those segments of the labour market where, until now, trade unions did not exist like security, caretakers, or catering. In this field, the key challenge for us is to reach out to dispersed workers, to unify them, and to provide them with institutional assistance.
We are also very critical towards the current government and strongly oppose cronyism, nepotism, mismanagement in state-owned companies and public institutions as well as the destruction of the rule of law.
Trade Union Objectives
To abolish the unpaid internship. All internships should be subject to the Labour Code, including the obligation to pay all the interns at least the minimum remuneration.