Organizing Plans and Activities
OUR MISSION 1980union members decided that the main Union’s objectives are to defend the rights, dignity and interests of the employees. 2005 are these still our main objectives.
1980 Workers established The Independent and Self-governing Trade Union „Solidarność”
13 December 1981 Martial law. NSZZ "Solidarność" is suspended. But the members do not accept it and fight for legalisation.
1989 Court in Warsaw re-registers the Independent and Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarność". Poland becomes a democratic country.
SITUATION IN 1989 Members of NSZZ „S” 90% Workers in the companies where NSZZ „S” exists Workers in the companies where NSZZ „S” does not exist
SITUATION 2005 Members of NSZZ „S” Workers in the companies where NSZZ „S” exists Workers in the companies where NSZZ „S” does not exist
ORGANISING TO NEGOTIATE Focus
1998 The National Commission sets up a new department – Union Development Department (one person employed).
UNION ORGANISERS IN POLANDNovember 2005 1 5 Regional union organizers 1 2 National union organizers 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 4 2 1 3 1 1 1 49 union organizers (15 of them are trainees financed by WUP)
TRAINING 1st stage • basic training (what is union for?) 2nd stage • organizing for organizers and for trade union leaders • negotiations • collective bargaining • economy • social dialogue • “playing enterprise” • labor low • European Works Council • for union leaders
MAIN ORGANISING CAMPAIGNS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR • real,-, Auchan, Gèant, Carrefour, Tesco, Makro Cash&Carry, Jerenimo Martins • Radisson SAS, Marriott, McDonald’s • Opel, Volkswagen • Masterfoods, Constar (Smithfield) • Falck, Group4, Securitas, Impel • Truck drivers
FAST GROWING SECTORS 400 000 200 000 120 000
DESCRIPTION OF THE SECURITY SECTOR IN POLAND • approximately 200 000 employees in more than 3600 companies • many small companies (40-200 employees) • very low union membership (1% in NSZZ”S”) • low status of the profession in the society • impact of former secret police officers • some security companies get subsidies for sheltered workshops Trends Dynamic development. Further growth of employment. Fewer companies. Only the biggest companies will survive on the market.
KEY COMPANIES BRINK’S GRUPA IMPEL (multiservices) 30 000 1500 GROUP 4 SECURICOR 10 000 SOLID SECURITY 7 000 SECURITAS 2 650 OTHERS ~150 000
KEY ISSUES IN THE SECURITY INDUSTRY • Fee-for-task agreements • Licensing • Subsidies for sheltered workshops • Pay • Status of profession • Pending national legislation affecting industry rules and operations
Campaign Goals Year One • Organize 2,500 new members in Warsaw market • Win exclusive sector - wide partnership agreement on organizing rights Year Two • XXXX new members • Expand campaign to other markets
National Commission UNI Organizing Committee Head of the Union Development Department Assistant to the Head of the Union Development Department researcher Presidium of the Mazowsze Region lawyer coordinator KZ of G4 communicator KZ of Falck KZ of Securitas KZ of Impel organizer organizer organizer organizer Worksite leaders W O R K E R S
INDUSTRY 1.Employment • Overall • By sector • Any workforce demographic information, including pay and benefits, gender, age, skill 2. Number of companies 3. Top 5 companies, share of industry 4. Penetration by foreign-owned entities 5. Industry trends over time
PROFILES OF TOP 5 COMPANIES • Ownership • Develop biographies of directors and top executives • Identify top investors • Identify important clients • Identify and map prominent worksites • Identify problems with company contracts
LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS AFFECTING SECTOR • Registration processes for security companies • Training requirements • Any determinations affecting wages, working time, benefits?
LABOR RIGHTS IN SECTOR • Organizing rights • Right to strike /protest/speech • Collective bargaining setup
UNION PICTURE • Identify unions organizing in sector and their national and global affiliations • % of workforce covered by unions • number of collective agreements in force
RUN-UP September October November December January • Designate Campaign Coordinator (Kacper Stachowski) • Designate Communications Coordinator (Marta Pióro) • Hire research person (Krzysztof Czekałą) • Begin to identify organizers • Refine the plan • Meet with the Presidium of the National Commission • Meet with the Presidium of the Regional Board • Research begins • Identify training opportunities for Coordinator & Field Communicator • Present plan to UNI Committee • Complete initial research (Company profiles; ID key clients, financial backers) • Meet with local union leaders in Group4, Falck, Securitas and Impel (11-12 December) • Complete search for organizers • Send the letter to UNI • Write the draft plan • Identify legal resources (Marcin Zieleniecki)
KICK-OFF January February March April May • Promote image of Solidarność using the key issues • Open campaign office • Present policy recommendation for Presidium approval • Train organizers & communications staff • Identify key worksites for initial focus • Identify 5 leaders in each of the five areas in Warsaw • Election in the local organizations • Build Area Committees • General meeting of the combined committees (minimum 50 leaders)
August September May June July • Complete next stage of research (ID & map all major worksites of target security companies; • Regional congresses of NSZZ “Solidarność” • Complete research (full mapping) • Regional congresses of NSZZ “Solidarność” • 31st of August “Day of Solidarity and Freedom”
September October November December • Identify all leaders • “Big push” before the National Congress (all Solidarnosc organizers will come for this time to Warsaw) • 2500 new members • Industry wide agreement on organizing rights • National Congress (Present progress to build stronger support for the campaign)
OPEN ISSUES • Should we include Cash&Transit in the campaign? • Need to establish interim goals • Develop strategy for winning industry wide organizing right agreement • Need to develop specific strategies regarding key issues