Workers protest unfair dismissal at Orpea Poland

Wednesday 17 April 2019

On Monday 15 April, the inter-company organization OPZZ Konfederacja Pracy organised a solidarity picket for the illegally dismissed Orpea Polska sp. o.o. union representative Anna Bacia. At the picket, workers and families of residents petitioned the company and demanded to reinstate care worker Anna Bacia.

Despite Orpea Poland’s neutrality statement on 5 April 2019 in which they affirmed union rights and social dialogue, Anna Bacia who has been working in the Konstancja care home for 16 years has been unlawfully dismissed.

Bacia joined the union and became a union representative to improve the working conditions in the care home. Time again, she has flagged up the issues of staff shortage and lack of equipment.

The qualified physiotherapist enjoys widespread support from her co-workers and the families of her patients for building up the rehabilitation team from scratch.

Anna Bacia said: “I really like my job. I pour my heart into it and I respect my patients. I have been dismissed unlawfully and will not let it go. I will fight for my reinstatement and for better working conditions in the care home.

The union, families of patients and workers are committed to continuing the protests at Orpea Poland until Anna Bacia is reinstated.

Mark Bergfeld, the Director of Property Services and UNICARE, said: “We call upon Orpea to reinstate Anna Bacia immediately. We are fully aware that the Orpea Poland has not followed due process. UNI and the Orpea Solidarity Network stand behind our colleagues in Poland. They are not alone in this fight.”

The union, families of patients and workers are committed to continuing the protests at Orpea Poland until Anna Bacia is reinstated.

 

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