[Joint statment signed by 38 workplace sections of OZZ Inicjatywa Pracownicza and 6 sections of other trade unions]
Over the past weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed who actually assures our society’s survival. These are logistics, healthcare, and retail workers, as well as employees from other sectors. It is we who keep Poland running. At the same time, management, CEOs, bankers and politicians are self-isolating home. They can do so because basic needs and services are being produced and delivered by an army of workers who more often than not, earn the lowest wages while working in the worst conditions. What more, in the current situation these workers are risking their health and lives. For decades now the elites have diminished the significance of workers to keeping our society functioning. When we demanded social security and higher pay, they told us that’s it’s our responsibility to provide for ourselves. Today, the elites are telling us that we have to keep working to ensure their prosperity. They’re saying that without us, this country will collapse.