Agreement between govt and police called ‘milestone’

The head of the Polish Policemen’s Solidarity Union Rafał Jankowski (front-L) and the Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński (front-R). Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

The Interior Ministry has presented the details of the agreement ending police protest.

Policemen’s strike ends

After months of protests, Polish policemen officially ended their nation-wide strike on Thursday.

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The announcement of the end of the protest was announced on Thursday evening .

The agreement, signed between the Interior Ministry and the representatives of the protesting policemen, includes the salary increase of PLN 655 (EUR 153) from January 1, 2019, a further rise of PLN 500 (EUR 116) from the beginning of 2020, and the right to retire after 25 years of service, without the necessity to reach the age of 55.

Moreover, from July 2019, the overtime hours will be paid with 100 percent of overtime wage. Representatives of the police trade unions will also take part in work over multiannual programme of law enforcement development in years 2021-2024, “concerning setting the amount of expenses on different undertakings, with special inclusion of the salaries level.”

Both sides of the dispute called the agreement “the milestone in mutual relations.”

Joachim Brudziński, the Interior Minister, thanked the unionist for “a very good dialogue and the final result” of the negotiations.

He also thanked the Polish government. “There would not be possibilities, opening themselves between Polish Police, Fire Department and Border Guard, without kindness and constant cooperation of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Finance Minister Teresa Czerwińska.”

Rafał Jankowski, the head of Police Solidarity trade union said that final agreement is “the best we could have negotiated.”

“We managed to sign the agreement, which nobody could have dreamt might come about,” Mr Jankowski said after the deal was signed.

The protest of law enforcement

The policemen’s protest started this summer. In October, around 30,000 of them protested in Warsaw. Their main demands were improvements in working conditions and pay rises.

Since the end of October, the strike entered another phase, as a wave of massive sick leave taking spread throughout the Polish police. It was reported that this week more than 14,000 officers were absent from work.