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Poland: Industrial relations

Original authors: Mark Carley and Anna Ludwinek
Updating author: Kalina Jaroslawska

Summary

  • Employers with 20 or more employees and that are not covered by a collective agreement are obliged to draw up "workplace regulations" dealing with specified matters. (See Trade union recognition)
  • There are various rules regarding collective agreements. (See Collective agreements)
  • In undertakings with 50 or more employees, at the initiative of at least 10% of the workforce, an "employee council" must be established. (see Informing and consulting employees - general)
  • There are various rules regarding employers' obligations to inform and consult prior to redundancies. (See Informing and consulting prior to redundancies)
  • There are various rules regarding employers' obligations to inform and consult prior to business transfers. (See Informing and consulting prior to transfers)
  • "Community-scale" undertakings must, in certain circumstances, establish a body to negotiate with management over the establishment of a European Works Council or an information and consultation procedure. (See European Works Councils)
  • Trade unions have the constitutional right to organise strikes or other forms of protest, subject to certain limitations. (See Industrial action and picketing)