Unions set date for industrial action at Poland’s ZAP

09 March 2012 16:32  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Unions have scheduled industrial action at Poland’s Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) for 17 March after management failed to agree to their demands for a 15% pay hike, the Trade Union of the Workers’ Movement (ZZPRC) said on Friday.

This initial action would take the form of sit-ins which would not bring production lines at the fertilizer, melamine and caprolactam producer to a halt, it added.

ZZPRC – and two smaller unions – sought further talks with ZAP management after 78.4% of workers voted "Yes" to industrial action in a 6 March ballot, which had a 52% turnout, ZZPRC said.

The unions argue that the formulation of the current pay offer would not secure an across the board 15% pay rise for workers, but would lead to varied rises which would most benefit more senior employees at the company, based in Pulawy, eastern Poland.

ZAP said it still hoped to avert industrial action by hammering out a deal that would be satisfactory to all parties.

Management had requested records of the ballot to doublecheck that it had not been skewed by incorrect processing of the results, it added.

By: Will Conroy
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