Poland’s ZAP unions demand meeting with ZAT CEO

05 April 2013 17:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The trade unions at Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) have demanded a meeting with the CEO of new parent group and fellow Polish fertilizer producer Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT) in which they will seek to protect workforce rights, the unions said on Friday.

Their call for the encounter came shortly after ZAP issued its 2012 annual report in which Pawel Jarczewski, the CEO of the company – Poland’s largest nitrogen fertilizer producer and the world’s third largest maker of melamine – reminded Poland’s treasury ministry that ZAP and ZAT were to be regarded as equals.

In the sole line of his address to shareholders in the annual report that was given emphasis by italics, Jarczewski said: “As reiterated by the largest shareholder of the newly established Grupa Azoty [being built around ZAT], the state treasury ministry, a participant of the consolidation, will oversee the process to ensure it is a merger of equals.”

Representatives of the six ZAP unions said that they would press ZAT CEO Jerzy Marciniak for guarantees that their wages and working conditions would not deteriorate under ZAT ownership.

“Our demands are not excessive, but we fear the ongoing chemical industry consolidation in Poland will result in a decline in our earnings, and we hear that at ZAT wages are generally lower,” they said in a statement.

The union representatives added that they would also press Marciniak for pledges that ZAP would retain its business management autonomy.

ZAP, they insisted, should keep its current name and logo which represented decades of success, despite the fact that the newly merged companies could together claim to being Europe’s second largest fertilizer producer.

ZAT already uses the name of Grupa Azoty for trading and marketing purposes and this week ZAP obtained district court permission to begin operating under the name Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy and to start trading under the name Grupa Azoty Pulawy or simply Grupa Azoty.

ZAT said it was looking to arrange a meeting between the union representatives and its CEO within April.

By: Will Conroy
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