Trade unions operating in MPK Łódź want a pay increases. The strike talks will take place this Monday (3rd February). If the talks fail, a warning strike is possible.
Eight trade unions from MPK Łódź are demanding increases. They want 3 PLN per hour more for driver and 504 PLN monthly increase for other positions.
Andrzej Szymczak, chairman of the inter-company commission of NSZZ Solidarność MPK Łódź emphasizes that the reason for the referendum is the difficult recruitment situation.
– We have a crisis. Older drivers are retiring and there is no one to replace them – says Szymczak. – The rate for a young driver is 16.70 PLN per hour. We want to raise it to 20 because other carriers are paying much more to their employees. For example, TIR drivers earn 20 PLN per hour – explains the trade unionist.
For now, there is a long way to strike. A strike referendum will start on Monday evening. It will last until Wednesday. And on 13th February a meeting between the unions and MPK authorities is scheduled. If the talks fail, and most trade unionists are behind the strike, the so-called warning strike. Trams and buses will stop for two hours.
– I think we’ll get along. The board is not opposed to increases, but there is no money for them – says Szymczak.
He also emphasizes that funds for wage increases should be transferred by the city.
Agnieszka Magnuszewska, press spokeswoman for MPK in Łódź emphasizes that there are no plans for a strike at the moment. As reported, talks with trade unionists have been going on for several months, but no agreement has been reached yet.
– The position of the management board is such that the company would willingly pay increases if it had such a financial opportunity – emphasizes the spokeswoman.
WAGE INCREASES IN MPK ŁÓDŹ
According to information provided by MPK, the last wage increase took place exactly a year ago. Depending on the position, from 1st February, 2019, wages increased by PLN 1 per hour. or 170 PLN per month.
The average wage earnings with allowances and overtime is currently almost 5100 PLN, drivers Young drivers and streetcar managers earn about 4200 PLN
Currently MPK is looking for 40 tram drivers and 80 bus drivers. Some of these positions want to be filled by graduates of already planned courses.
The last warning strike at MPK was carried out in 2009. On 2nd July, half of the vehicles did not leave 4-6.