Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/520/3779

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 February 2008

Polish miners

Strike victory due to iron determination

AFTER 46 days on strike the miners of Budryk have won a victory. They have won a 10% wage rise and an equalisation payment for last year. This is a little less than their original demands. However, if it hadn't been for the strike, the miners wouldn't have seen a single penny of that money.

Florian Nowicki and Wojciech Orowieck, Group for a Workers' Party (GPR - CWI Poland)

All the public and private media was mobilised against the Budryk miners as were the rotten trade unions, Solidarity and ZGG. A PR firm was hired to slander the strikers.

The ground was being prepared for a physical confrontation to end the strike, with one of the Solidarity leaders at the mine and a leading ATTAC member urging the government to use force to end the occupation. The deputy prime minister Pawlak came out against the miners, showing clearly who he and his government serves.

Despite all this, the agreement guarantees a wage rise. Wages will be equalised with other miners in Poland faster in Jastrzebska Coal Mining Company to the benefit of all miners employed by the firm, not only at Budryk. Moreover, miners on part-time contracts will receive permanent employment contracts. This is a big victory, not only for the workforce of Budryk coal mine but for all workers.

However, there wouldn't have been any victory if it hadn't been for the iron determination of two trade unions: the Free Trade Union "August 80" and "Kadra".

There was constantly the atmosphere of the danger of repression and the use of force to end the strike. A taste of this occurred on Christmas Eve when a private security firm tried to smash the strike. They failed. So too did the strike-breakers organised by Solidarity and ZGG.

The media tried to persuade people that the strikers at Budryk are the enemies of miners from other mines. A sympathetic TV journalist who went down the mine and interviewed the strikers was immediately charged by the public prosecutor with putting people's lives at risk!

But the strikers were not isolated. According to opinion polls 69% supported the strike.

The workforce of Budryk received solidarity support from the Warsaw tram and bus drivers, nurses, workers of Cegielski factory in Poznan, the polymer systems factory in Czestochowa, postal workers, fishermen, as well as trade unions from Poland and other countries, including Swedish miners and the CWI's Swedish councillors.

The international campaign was the biggest in Poland since 1989. Members of August 80 from other mines brought food, blankets and drinks to the striking miners every day. Finally the miners' wives and girlfriends went to Warsaw, demanding a meeting with deputy prime minister Pawlak. His refusal to meet them will forever tarnish him as a coward and a servant of the bosses.

It was August 80 and Kadra of Budryk who won this victory, showing what enormous strength workers have if they do not give in to terror and allow themselves to be divided.

However, this is not the end. It is only the beginning. The witch-hunt was organised against Budryk precisely because the bosses didn't want it to serve as an example for other workers. They didn't want miners from other mines, as well as nurses, railway workers, and steelworkers to see what an effective weapon a strike can be.

A wave of wage demands is sweeping through the whole country. During this strike an increasing number of protests began to break out. Now there will be more.

This strike showed that a victory for the workers is possible, even in the most difficult situation. The struggle continues!

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 13 February 2008:

Stop NHS privatisation now!


Local Government workers

Birmingham council workers' biggest strike for decades

'Single status' in the West Midlands

Bosses prepare to force through more cuts

Newham workers angry at councillors


Socialist Students

Uni Fees must be fought!

Feature: The great university swindle


War and terrorism

War and occupation in Iraq


Socialist Party news and analysis

Defend abortion rights

Millionaire welcomes economic recession!

Northern Rock

Liverpool's tale of two cities

Cardiff marches to save schools

100 people pack London world economy meeting


Transport

Cuts and backlogs cause delays

Tangled web at Metronet


International socialist news and analysis

Polish miners gain strike victory due to iron determination

Chad conflict - part of a wider power struggle


Interview

Prison officers: Fighting for trade union rights

Building the Campaign for a New Workers' Party


Comment

Comment: Opportunist blunder further splits Church of England


Workplace news and analysis

Land Registry staff vote for action

London Underground: Strike ballot in safety row

Campaign Against Climate Change trade union conference

Organise and fight back!

Shelter staff ballot for action


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 February 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Strike:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Miners:

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleWarts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights

triangleMutinies and strikes: when Bolshevism threatened British bosses

triangleCrunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners

Solidarity:

triangleCampaign against political repression in Hong Kong

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

Poland:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Trade unions:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2