Piotr Szumlewicz and Nadia Oleszczuk joined the Consultative Council of the All-Poland Women’s Strike
On the 1st of November 2020, the Consultative Council of the All-Poland Women's Strike has been established. The council will analyze the demands expressed during the protests and create tailored program solutions based on the results. We are pleased to announce that...
We are outraged at the government's planned budget pay freeze. Since the beginning of the Law and Justice's rule, the quality of public services deteriorates by constant disregard of budget and self-government workers. This government is avoiding its responsibility to...
We are calling for an end to unpaid intern- and apprenticeships We are calling for the complete elimination of low-paid internships. Every work should be a subject of minimum wage legislation. The coronavirus epidemic has dramatically deteriorated the labour market...
We openly denounce the discrimination against the LGBT+ community! We have followed Andrzej Duda's hateful campaign in the presidential election with great concern. Homophobic statements have been appearing in speeches by leading Law and Justice politicians for...
We oppose the politicization of the police and its subjugation to the ruling party! The Trade Union Alternative protests against the politicization of the police and using them as a tool of the ruling camp to target organizations critical of the Law and Justice party....
We sent a letter to the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy regarding the difficult situation of Polish carers working abroad.
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.