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Poland: Stop union busting at Chopin Airport

In partnership with Workers' Initiative / Inicjatywa Pracownicza, which was formed in Poland in 2001 first as an informal group of worker activists willing to unite and fight at their own workplaces and to support other workers' struggle. In September 2004, IP was established as a formal but independent and grass-roots trade union, seeing itself in the anarcho-syndicalist and revolutionary syndicalism tradition.

On 27 May, workers at the Aelia Poland duty free shops at the Warsaw F. Chopin airport founded the Workers' Initiative (Inicjatywa Pracownicza) union at their workplace. On 7 June, Anna Kucharzyk who was chosen by its members to represent the union was dismissed without notice. Her contract was terminated in a so called "disciplinary procedure" which is applicable only in cases of "heavy violation of duties". She was dismissed although the union didn't agree, which violates the Polish law on trade unions. Other workers were also encouraged to dissolve the organisation. Aelia Poland runs duty-free shops at 7 airports. Globally, it runs shops at airports in France, Spain, China and Australia. The company belongs to Lagardere Services group, one of the international leaders in the travel retail market, present in more than 20 countries around the world.

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