On the 8th of March 2006 the Impel -Tom company has illegally fired Jacek Rosolowski for trying to found a trade union within the Impel-Tom company. It is next example of the last wave of repression against trade union activists in Poland.
12 workers of 40 employed for the Impel-Tom department in Kostrzyn decided to found a commission of the Workers' Initiative All-Polish Trade Union. Most of them have signed a member declaration on the 28th of February. On the 2nd of March Rosolowski informed the National Committee of Workers' Initiative about their plans. The management got know about and in order to prevent from organizing a union and to intimidate workers has fired Rosolowski on the 8th of March. One day later another worker who encourage to found a union has been given a notice too. The rest was threaten with dismissals.
Jacek Rosolowski has asked the Labour Court to invalidate the dismissal as according to the Polish Labour Code it is illegal to discriminate any worker for union activity. No matter if a worker is a constant or temporary contract worker, like Rosolowski was. A right to associating in self-governing and independent unions is a constitutional right (article 57 and 59 of act 1). According to the Trade Union Act person who make difficulties for organizing a trade union can be prosecuted.
The Impel-Tom company is a part of the Impel S.A. holding, which is the biggest group of outsourcing companies in Poland in security, cleaning and catering sectors. In 2005 it employed more than 17.000 workers including the disabled, which let the company get subsidies from the state. In 2005 its turnover was about 627 million zloty and the company made 21 million zloty profit. Impel S.A. is listed on the Warsaw stock exchange.
In 2002 Impel was famous for its brutal pacification of the protest organized by workers of the Cable Factory in Ozarow, made to order of Boguslaw Ciupiala, owner of Tele-Fonika company. We wrote about the case in the separate report