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No for shooting to the workers! No for using state institutions against protesters!

Polish miners appeal, provided by the ICOR CC Europe, 26 February 2015



On February 12 the court decided that the strike of several thousand of miners from Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa (Jastrzębie Mining Company) in southern Poland is illegal. On the same day in the city of Jastrzębie-Zdrój wives and children of the miners organised a demonstration in support of the husbands and fathers.

The goverment does everthing they can to break the 16-day protest. They sent special police units miners which tried to break the protest with extreme brutality, without any justification, using smoothbore guns, water cannons and tear gas. More than 20 miners have been injured, some of them hard. At the same time prosecutors conduct proceedings against the organizers of the protest, threatening their with financial consequences for the money the company lost because of the protest. Among them is Krzysztof Łabądź, a trade unionist, repeatedly victimized for his work, one of the leaders of the strike in the coal mine "Budryk" 7 years ago.

The striking miners are demanding the dismissal of the president of the company Jarosław Zagórski, whose rule led to the collapse. The government, despite the fact that holds more than half the shares in the company, does not intend to resign. Miners and their families are determined. They are defending their jobs, but also the right of all Polish workers to protest.

150216BergleutePolizeigewalt2We appeal to the trade unions, civil society organizations from across Europe to support our fight and to send letters of support. Only international solidarity, as in the case of Greece, can break the dictates of the ruling neo-liberals. Only together can we face up to their antisocial offensive in Europe.

Bogusław Ziętek
President of Free Trade Union "August 80"

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