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(en) Poland, WORKERS' INITIATIVE - Volkswagen Poznan with the eyes of an employee [machine translation]

Date Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:53:15 +0200


I have been working in Poznan for over a dozen years. I write "already" because in this factory time flies very fast. In order to be employed by VW, I had to work for the Temporary Work Service agency for three years. I do not know an agency worker whose forensics would not blackmail him, as if he would refuse to work in overtime, he would not extend the contract. I had to sign a contract for a month. Therefore, every month the man was exposed to huge stress. ---- Although VW is Solidarity, from my perspective, it mainly focuses on recruiting workers from temporary employment agencies to VW and collecting from their contributions. They ensure that when you join a union they will help you when problems arise with the employer. Membership in the union is also intended to increase the guarantee of employment for an indefinite period. People often join the union only because there are a lot of loyalists who decide to extend the contract or to postpone a better position. I signed up for Solidarity in the first year of employment when I was employed by the agency. After the first blackmail on my part, I decided to tell the representatives of Solidarity. I did not know that at the time, Most of the masters are members of Solidarity and have a much stronger position in them than the agency workers. I was told that the superintendent has the right to use his position to force me to perform "voluntary" overtime. After three years of employment on a junk contract and signing a contract with VW I did not renew the declaration of joining the union.

If workers felt they were being exploited, for example by extorting overtime work from masters and department heads, or because they had been banned by the management, I told them they were in Solidarity, so let them report it. Then there was silence. You can even speak in your own way. Each of the serial employees knows that Solidarity and its management hold most of the crew in check. These are specific arrangements, specific money, specific stools and careers. This relationship is simply an integral part of the concern. Without Solidarity, the management would have had more problems getting the crew's permission for undue hikes or screwing up the standards. The association often assists the board in silencing the crew.

There is also a system for assessing employees. A guaranteed raise may be received after five years. However, there are those who have not had an increase for seven years, because in that period they had fallen ill. Those who have completed their studies in VW's patronage are also cheated. VW after graduation is guaranteed entry to grade 3 and work in a profession. In the meantime, graduates are often employed at level 1 of the grade and are forced to work on the assembly line, which is below their qualification.

For years, more and more people in the factory have been discouraged from Solidarity. In 2010, there was a time for wage negotiations that did not produce any results. Solidarity announced a strike in which it was difficult to believe. Eventually, however, it turned out to be just a theater. The strike was that the production was in full swing and that no one was allowed to disturb it, and the union of some thirty people stood under the window of the president inside the factory and made noise. Such a noise so that no one outside of the factory would find out about it. Later it was only worse. Relation was all about: anti-crisis packages, flexible work, where after long weeks of production stagnation had to be done at the time of Saturday. We were not paid for parking, as is the case with other factories. In 2011, We were forced to work on weekends and so it was. We were still being told that there was a crisis. Production increased and Sunday supplement was reduced by 50%. In 2014, an idea was developed among the crew to create a relationship that would be independent of the board. Of course, Solidarity reacted to the idea by saying that there could be only one link in the plant. What many employees believe. Further wage negotiations took place in 2015 and linda. Again the theater and "rescue jobs", ie deterioration of its conditions. People were increasingly frustrated. There is only one compound in the plant. What many employees believe. Further wage negotiations took place in 2015 and linda. Again the theater and "rescue jobs", ie deterioration of its conditions. People were increasingly frustrated. There is only one compound in the plant. What many employees believe. Further wage negotiations took place in 2015 and linda. Again the theater and "rescue jobs", ie deterioration of its conditions. People were increasingly frustrated.

This year, we were informed about the VW strike in Bratislava. When we felt that it was our fight, the relationship was put on the side of the corporation. He said it was better to sit quietly than to fight for his. People said enough and despite obstacles they decided to set up an independent trade union. The employee, in fact, the hero who worked for 18 years and persuaded others through social media to finally organize independently from the board, was immediately released. Behind him was another two. After all, the crew did not give up and the union was formed. Solidarity instead of defending the dismissed ostentatiously in the media, she put on the side of the management, which freed our colleagues. Soon after the founding of the Solidarity Workers' Committee, further wage negotiations began. Since I was working in the factory, I first began to report their course. So far, it has claimed that the trade union "mountain" during the negotiations can not provide any details, but that "we will eventually be satisfied." This way the crew was always confused. She did not know whether to support union negotiators or demand more than they did.

In October it was time for a summary of the year by the board. He called the meeting for the employees. It just heated up the atmosphere. At the meeting, Jolanta Musielak, a member of the Human Resources Management Board, spoke to us, starting by telling us how good it was. In her opinion we usually earn 6,000. zl. although in reality it is about 3 thousand. zl. on hand. Later classic in the form of tables, which show rise in wages in recent years. Why do these calculations? The fact is that this year people have started comparing PITs from previous years and have come out that their earnings, instead of growing, are falling. At that moment something broke. People have not taken it. How much can you cheat, lie to live? There were whistling, hum, shuffling. People felt confident. The crew already knew that Solidarity had come in contact with the board and started the show. When her chairman stated that she needed to take care of the company's financial liquidity and protect the workplace, people incredulously laughed under their noses. Solidarity's management and operations have been cooperating with it since last summer under greater pressure from the crew, and the existence of a new union only exacerbates this pressure.

This text was published in an anonymous form due to the high likelihood of its release by the company after its first and last name was published.

http://ozzip.pl/teksty/publicystyka/item/2317-volkswagen-poznan-oczami-pracownika
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