Trade unions present Poland's Orlen with 18 March pay ultimatum

14 March 2013 17:06  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Trade unions at Polish oil and petrochemicals company PKN Orlen have presented management with an ultimatum that demands the awarding of a pay rise and bonuses by 18 March to head off a collective dispute, the unions said on Thursday.

The seven unions require Orlen to grant each employee a 2013 pay rise of zloty (Zl) 400 ($124, €96) and each entitled employee a one-off bonus of Zl 2,400 prior to the deadline, they added.

The unions said they had rejected the 2013 pay negotiation policy of Orlen's management. The policy, they added, stated that the challenging operating environment faced by the company meant the resources were not available to either award workers an increase in the basic salary or individual bonuses greater than around Zl 1,000.

The unions represent the vast majority of the Orlen company's 4,400 employees, who mainly work at the Orlen refining and petrochemical complex in Plock, central Poland. Across the Orlen group as a whole, the workforce totals more than 22,000 employees.

($1 = Zl 3.19, €1 = Zl 4.14)

By: Will Conroy
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