Workers of Aelia Poland shops at the Warsaw F. Chopin airport founded a new Inicjatywa Pracownicza workplace union. On June the 7th, Anna who was chosen by its members to represent the union was dismissed without notice.
Her work-contract was terminated in the so called "disciplinary procedure" applicable only in the cases of "heavy violation of duties". She was dismissed altough Inicjatywa Pracownicza didn't agreed to that – what violates Polish Law on trade unions. On May the 27th the Managing Director of Aelia Poland was informed about establishing of the union in the company.
On May the 30th, Anna was not let to her workplace located in the duty free zone at the Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin Airport as her pass was cancelled by the employer. She has not been informed about the reason of the cancellation and, against her will, she was not able to work.
Management has also ignored a demand of the union to hand a copy of current legal labour regulations of the company (such as: rules of the workplace, salaries and social fund). In the dismissal, employer questioned the legal status of workplace union (without giving any reasons supporting his doubts). Workers were also encouraged to dissolve the union organisation.
Aelia Poland runs a range of duty-free shops at airports selling newspapers, duty-free products (perfumes, cosmetics, alcohol etc.) and offering airport services. In Poland, the company runs shops at 7 airports. Globally, Aelia runs shops at more than 10 airports in France, 5 airports in Spain, in China, Australia and elsewhere. (http://www.aelia.com/xwiki/bin/view/Groupe/Implantations) Aelia belongs to Lagardere Services group, one of the international leaders in the travel retail market. Lagardere is present in more than 20 countries around the world.(http://www.lagardere.com/group/worldwide-presence-319.html)
At F. Chopin airport in Warsaw, about 20% of the workforce of Aelia Poland have joined the union. They are consultants, sales personnel, shop assistants and cashiers, most of them women. They demand: providing seats for workers at their stands, introducing work regulations and procedures to treat workers with diginity and respect, informing workers in advance about changes in the work scheadule, providing protective work clothing to all workers, informing workers about social fund distribution and changing the social fund regulations.
To protest against the unfair dismissal, illegal practices, bullying and the union-busting treatment workers have received by Aelia Polska, we call for international campaign and solidarity actions. Inicjatywa Pracownicza is going to organize protests in shops and offices of Aelia in Poland. Aelia and Lagardere Services group operates at 140 airports around the world. If possible, organize solidarity protests at Aelia and/or Lagardere Services at your local airport.
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