Bartosz Kantorczyk, the member of The Workers' Initiative Trade Union in Gdans and the initiator of postmen strike in November 2006, was unlawfully dismissed. The unionist had demanded improvement of job security in accordance with the law and had denounced violations of the workers' rights by the management of the Polish Post.
Improving the job security of postmen delivering postal money orders was one of Workers' Initiative demands. Till now the employer didn't undertake negotiations with the union, which is unlawful. The management of the Polish Post is continuously questioning the existence and activity of the Workers' Initiative in the company, thereby break the Trade Unions Act.
Bartosz Kantorczyk is a chairperson of the Workers' Initiative commission and a rank postman. Since 12 June 2008, in protest against the illegal practices of the Post management and exposure postmen to danger, he refused to deliver cash in his zone and informed superiors about that fact - what became the direct cause of the disciplinary dismissal.
Kantorczyk decided to protest because of the disregarding approach of the employer towards the safety - lack of adequate personal protection measures comparing the amounts of money the average postman is obliged to carry.
Top management does everything possible to raise limits for cash, without simultaneously increasing security of the delivers. The internal rules of the Polish Post even in 2007 stated that the way to reduce the risk of attacks is to steadily reduce cash limits and supply the postmen with cash in the post offices more frequently. In 2008 that instruction was changed by raising the permissible limits. The Workers' Initiative didn't agree with that.
The management tried to use statistics saying that by 2006 the number of attacks on postmen fell. The Workers' Initiative claims that it was the results of maintaining smaller cash limits. There are reasonable fears that after the introduction of new internal regulations, the threat will grow again. The approach of the management towards the workers' safety can be illustrated also by other decisions, for example re-employment of female workers as delivers (it is difficult to find a male workers for that position because of low wages). Recently they ceased employing women in this character because female workers were most often victims of attacks.