4-Aug-2014 Source: AgustaWestland
PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that it has joined the AgustaWestland European Works Council, i.e. an advisory body to AgustaWestland’s Management, which includes the Company’s subsidiaries from the UK, Italy and now also Poland, as well as their employees.
The inclusion of PZL-Świdnik into the AgustaWestland European Works Council is of special importance for the Company as it enables the PZL-Świdnik’s employees’ representatives to participate in the supranational dialogue and share of the information on AgustaWestland’s business performance and strategy, planned activities and the prospects for the Company’s development.
PZL-Świdnik’s inclusion into the AgustaWestland European Works Council was celebrated during an official ceremony of signing a renegotiated agreement on the AgustaWestland European Works Council which was held last Friday (25th July) at the Company’s headquarters, in the presence of AgustaWestland’s and PZL-Świdnik’s Top Management, representatives of the Polish, Italian and British trade unions operating within the AgustaWestland Group and several representatives of the local authorities, national trade unions and National Labour Inspectorate.
The presence of leaders of all trade unions centres in Poland and their positive comments reflect the importance of PZL-Świdnik’s inclusion into the AgustaWestland European Works Council.
Piotr Duda, Chairman of NSZZ “Solidarność” commented, “Today’s event is a delight for every trade unionist. This is a wonderful initiative showing that it is worth maintaining a dialogue and consulting operations with employees. It also demonstrates how responsibly AgustaWestland treats cooperation with its over 13-thousand strong crew employed worldwide.”
Mr Duda added: “As NSZZ “Solidarność”, we have been for years a member of the European Trade Union Confederation and have taken active part in its work and the promotion of transnational cooperation. Therefore, we are even more happy with PZL-Świdnik’s joining the AgustaWestland European Works Council, as this is a proof of deep integration between the three European locations of this company.”
Tadeusz Chwałka, Chairman of the Trade Unions Forum said, “PZL-Świdnik becoming part of the AgustaWestland European Works Council is a historical event both for the plant and its employees. The efforts made by the Trade Unions Forum over a 4-year period have been reflected in an extended agreement, making it possible for the personnel employed in the Świdnik-based plant to co-decide on the future of their enterprise. I hope that the agreement translates into effective and fruitful cooperation.”
Jan Guz, Chairman of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions added, “This agreement is testimony to and proof that trade unionists can reach an agreement if they have a good partner. The AgustaWestland European Works Council is a result of modern way of managing a multinational enterprise and respecting the principle of the employer-employee dialogue, but also of continuous actions and efforts aimed at achieving common objectives. I am sure that thanks to the AgustaWestland European Works Council, there will be a transfer of technological know-how and capital between all the subsidiaries of the corporation, to the benefit of PZL-Świdnik. As a trade union, we consider the development of the Polish economy highly important for us, and I am sure that the Świdnik facility will make a valuable contribution in this regard.”
The official ceremony follows a meeting of a special negotiation team, composed of the representatives of Polish, English, and Italian trade unions operating within AgustaWestland Group, and the Company’s Management, which was held earlier this year. During the meeting the following composition of the AgustaWestland European Works Council was agreed: 5 members from Poland; 9 members from Italy; 4 members from the UK.