Dominic Colors, head of Silesia Solidarity, said after Tuesday’s talks with the government that employment guarantees in mines until retirement will be included in the new law on the operation of the mining industry, including the entire social protection system.
- Miners and the government are still negotiating a social contract outlining the details of the mine’s closure by 2049.
- Three points of disagreement remained between the parties participating in the conversation. One of them is the way in which miners’ employment guarantee is included in their pension
- As the head of the Silesian Solidarity Movement – Debroois announced on Tuesday, they will be included in the new law on the work of the mining industry.
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However, there is still no agreement on the indexing of salaries in mines proposed by the unions and one of the elements related to notification of the contract to the European Commission. The talks will continue next Friday. Tuesday’s negotiations lasted five hours and It led to an agreement on one of the most important points of contention – legal work guarantees.
“One of the key elements of guaranteeing employment until approval of retirement. These guarantees will be enshrined in the new law relating to the work of the mining industry, along with the entire social protection system. I think that is one of the most important points agreed upon today and one of the most important points in the entire social contract– Evaluation of the leader of Śląsko-Dąbrowska “S”, and at the same time one of the main architects of the social contract project.
The government gave way to the miners. Labor guarantees will go into law
The government pledged to guarantee work until retirement for miners working in miners on September 25, 2020 in an agreement, which is the basis of the currently negotiated social contract. Initially, however, the government side did not agree to include the guarantee in the lawPointing out the unconstitutionality of such a solution. Instead, it was to be awarded at the level of coal companies. However, no agreement was reached in this regard Trade unionists returned to assuming legal guarantees.
In line with the compromise The revised hard coal mining industry employment law is to guarantee miners working until retirementIn the event that it is not possible to allocate to another mine – provide a guarantee of social protection: One-time pre-retirement leave or end of service gratuity.
Trade unions want security if the European Commission does not accept deadlines for the mine
As Dominic Colors informed, there are still inconsistencies in the talks about indexing miners ’salaries in the planned 29-year period to operate the mines, as well as inconsistencies regarding the European Commission’s social contract notification system – It is a guarantee in the event that the committee does not accept the contractually agreed closing dates for individual mines.
“Wages are an important part of the talks as are labor guarantees, because Nobody imagines that the wage level in the mining industry will actually drop from year to year for the next wage – Hopefully – 29 – the association’s assessment, which recognizes the possibility that the parties will ultimately agree on the benchmarking not for the duration of the mining industry’s operation, but only on its part.
Earlier, trade unionists called for wages to be indexed at 2 percent. Above inflation. In the answer The government side proposed a reward system – differentiated depending on individual mine results This allows miners from the most efficient factories to earn a maximum of one additional salary per year during the year.
Another contradiction is the social contract notification system by the European Commission. “The important thing is to avoid situations In which the government will have an absolute mandate when it comes to the possibility that the European Commission will not agree to the timetable, i.e. the dates for the closure of the minesDominic Colors explained that trade unions want the closing dates of individual mines to remain the same as in the September agreement of last year and not to be rushed.
“I think we can complete all of this on Friday” – Silesian-Dąbrowski Solidarity leader assessment.
In his opinion, if the disputed elements could be agreed upon during the next round of talks, then technical arrangements would also be possible regarding the starting date of the social contract. It stipulated that its content must be approved by the statutory bodies of the individual unions participating in the talks.
“Legal bodies on the part of all unions participating in these talks must agree to sign this agreementY, because it is a very dangerous document (…) related to the fate of several hundreds of thousands of people “- summarized Clors.
Previous negotiations on March 15th. What was agreed upon?
The previous round of 15-hour talks on the social contract took place in Katowice on March 18. More than a week later, the Ministry of State Assets presented trade unionists with compromise proposals on the contentious issues. Before Easter, trade unionists presented their position on the issue, and in recent days they received a response from MAP to resume negotiations via the Internet on Tuesday.
In the settlement proposal, the Deputy Minister of State Assets, Artur Soboy, assured trade unionists that under the planned system there would be no circumstances. This could expose the miner to a job loss earlier than planned Without any cover. In a letter addressed to the social side in March, Deputy Minister Suboy indicated that “in every case of liquidation of the current workplace, regardless of schedule, the employee will receive guaranteed benefits or social protection.”
The Ministry of Assets also calculated the salary index in mines at 2 percent, as assumed by the unions. Above average inflation, In the perspective of 2049, the personnel costs in the mines will increase by a total of 67.8 billion PLNAnd the This averages 2.5 billion PLN a year – against 5.9 billion PLN in current personnel costs. Instead of indexing wages, the government proposed introducing a bonus system in mines, “taking into account the possibility of paying additional bonuses to employees during the period of operation of a particular unit, provided certain conditions are met.”
At the same time The government party endorsed the employee guarantees included in the agreement with the mining unions on September 25, 2020. The idea is to confirm this when liquidating the unit The employee is assigned to another mineAnd if this is not possible – grant social protection. Such a mechanism is to be included in the revised Hard Coal Mine Action Act.