Poland’s ZAP in industrial dispute over pay, safety issues

26 June 2012 15:06  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) has entered into a labour dispute with two trade unions over falling pay and safety issues, the Polish fertilizer, caprolactam (capro) and melamine producer said on Tuesday.

Efforts were under way to resolve the matters raised by two of the six trade unions with members at ZAP, the Trade Union of the Workers’ Movement (ZZPRC) and the Social Workers Trade Union (SZZP), who represent nearly 1,000 of the company’s 3,500 workers, it added.

The two unions have called on ZAP to “cease activities aimed at reducing the salaries of workers employed in the packing departments for nitrate, sulphate and caprolactam products without reducing the employees’ workload”, according to a joint statement.

Claims that ZAP is breaching safety regulations with the application of new approaches to increase the efficiency of the loading of 600-kilogram bags of nitrogen fertilizer on to flatbed railcars have also been put forward by the unions.

ZAP is contesting all the claims made by the union representatives.

ZZPRC and the SZZP in April ended industrial action, which featured sit-ins at ZAP plants, after reaching a deal with management.

ZAP is currently at the centre of a takeover battle between Polish synthetic rubber producer Synthos and Spolka Pracownicza Chemia-Pulawy, a company formed by workers and ZAP trade unions.

By: Will Conroy
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