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Historic Just Transition plan to phase out coal mining in Poland

9 October, 2020Polish unions, employers and the government reached an agreement on 25 September to phase out coal mines by 2049. Polish mine and energy workers' union NSZZ Solidarnosc SGIE is concerned about the deadline, as the move will potentially leave several million people without jobs in mining, energy-intensive industries, and other dependent employment.

Polish wage strike at International Paper

12 June, 2020Striking in demand of a monthly wage increase of 85 euros, workers at the International Paper (IP) Kwidzyn paper mill in Northern Poland started indefinite industrial action on 9 June.

IndustriALL makes joint declaration demanding Just Transition at COP24

3 December, 2018IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union have issued a joint declaration demanding a Just Transition for workers as the world’s nations meet for the United Nations climate change summit in Katowice, Poland – COP 24.

IndustriALL COP24 Blog - Katowice, Poland

2 December, 2018IndustriALL Global Union's director of sustainability, Brian Kohler, reports from a trade union perspective on the climate change summit taking place in Katowice, Poland, from 2-14 December.

SKF World Union Committee: in times of trouble solidarity is needed

27 September, 2016On 20-22 September about 50 workers’ and trade union representatives from Europe, Asia and North America where SKF Group, the world-leading producer of bearings, has operations, came to Poznan, Poland. The participants exchanged views on labour related issues in SKF, including the upcoming changes in the group.

Shots fired against striking miners in Poland

17 February, 2015Police in Poland have used firearms against striking miners, injuring more than 20 people. The violent clashes occurred as protestors demanded the immediate resignation of the CEO of Poland’s largest coking coal producer Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa (JSW).

Framework agreements signed by Polish miners and government

21 January, 2015January has seen 2,000 miners in Poland protesting against government plans to close a number of mines in the country. On 17 January, a framework agreement was reached between the trade unions and the government, putting an end to the protests.  

2,000 Polish miners protest against plans to close mines

15 January, 2015Approximately 2,000 coal miners in Silesia, southern Poland were joined by their families and local residents in underground protests on 8 January against government plans to close four mines in the region. The mines all belong to the state-owned Kompania Weglowa S.A., Europe’s largest coal producer.

200 Polish miners occupy company headquarters

17 November, 2014Two hundred Polish miners are occupying the headquarters of the European Union’s largest thermal coal producer in protest at plans to liquidate the firm.

Polish unions in mass demonstrations condemning government policy

13 September, 2013IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliated trade unions in Poland are central actors in the national days of protest in Warsaw of 11–14 September. The days of protest were prepared by Poland's three largest trade union confederations: Trade Unions Forum (FZZ), the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) and the NSZZ “Solidarnosc”.