A protest by trade workers in Warsaw. Demonstrators are demanding pay raises, free Sundays and better working conditions

There is a protest by trade workers in Warsaw. Demonstrators are calling for wage increases, more employees in shops and Sundays off work. “Bad working conditions and low wages are a problem for all of us, regardless of whether we work in Carrefour, Biedronka, Auchan or Kaufland” – emphasizes the National Section of Trade Workers of NSZZ “Solidarność”. Details below.

On November 4, trade workers gathered at the headquarters of the Polish Trade and Distribution Organization in Warsaw to protest against low wages and disastrous employment conditions, as well as to demand the right to Sunday holidays.

We can no longer accept work overload, low salaries, and work several hours a day, seven days a week. We have to show our dissatisfaction. (…) Bad working conditions and low wages are a problem for all of us, regardless of whether we work in Carrefour, Biedronka, Auchan or Kaufland – traders emphasize.

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A protest by trade workers in Warsaw. Demonstrators demand …

What exactly are the protesters’ demands?

  • Wage increases – As trade unionists point out, new duties are constantly being added to trade workers. Meanwhile, salaries have been standing still for years or are rising very slowly. That is why they are demanding real raises – those that they will feel in their wallets.
  • Increasing the number of employees in storesYear by year, there are fewer and fewer employees, and more and more work. The duties that were once performed by 2-3 people, today have to be fulfilled by 1 employee. Additionally, the opening hours of stores are getting longer. We already have enough work beyond our strength! There are not enough employees and employers finally have to realize this! – calls “Solidarity”.
  • Sundays off from work in trade – 3 years ago, trade restrictions on Sundays were introduced. In recent months, however, more chains have begun to circumvent the law and reopened stores on Sundays. The Sejm tightened the act on restricting trade on Sundays, but the regulations will not enter into force until January or February next year. Traders want them to apply now.

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