Sit-in pay protests at Poland’s ZAP continue, talks deadlocked

22 March 2012 16:29  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Sit-in protests are continuing at Polish fertilizer, melamine and caprolactam (capro) producer Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) with pay talks between management and union representatives deadlocked, the Trade Union of the Workers’ Movement (ZZPRC) said on Thursday.

Negotiations held on 19 March and the 22 March had broken up with no sign of real progress toward the union’s objective of achieving an across-the-board 15% pay increase for workers, added ZZPRC.

The daily sit-ins, involving several hundred employees that bring sleeping bags into work and are provided with meals, started on 17 March and would continue until an agreement was achieved, the union, which represents 923 of ZAP’s 3,500 workers, said.

However, the sit-ins were still being conducted in such a way that production was not significantly impacted, it added.

During the latest talks, management, which points out the offered pay deal has already been accepted by four unions representing around 2,500 workers, said that ZAP’s budget was under pressure from a newly-introduced 15% gas price hike in Poland.

ZZPRC, and the Social Workers Trade Union (SZZP), which represents 32 employees, are opposed to the pay proposal drawn up by management which would see all employees awarded a 6% pay rise, with another 4% dependent on seniority and a final 5% allocated to a bonus fund.

The formulation would discriminate against less senior employees at the company, according to ZZPRC.

By: Will Conroy
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