Poczta Polska Sheds Antiquated Rules

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After six-month negotiations Poczta Polska (Polish Post) has a new collective labour agreement and will finally be able to reward its personnel for performance rather than just presence at work. It has been achieved with no tyres burnt, no major protests, general strikes, or calls for the government to step in negotiations between the company and its employees. Poczta Polska is one of the Poland’s largest employers with a headcount of almost 80,000. Until recently, it was the last major state treasury company which operated according to antiquated rules and remunerated its employees regardless of their actual, measurable results. An additional problem was that Poczta Polska, unlike some of its European counterparts which underwent restructuring in the 1990s, had to modernise and adjust to the changing market situation in the new century, with email communication increasingly superseding traditional mail. The company has as many as 74 trade unions, of which 60 took part in the collective bargaining of new terms. There were more than ten negotiating rounds of three-four days each. Occasionally, the negotiators continued their talks for almost 24 hours at a time. As a result, the new collective labour agreement was signed by 25 trade unions representing 80% of unionised employees. The essential novelty of this collective agreement is that its terms do not increase fixed costs of remuneration, while tripling the pool of funds which can be distributed among employees as a bonus depending on their performance. The Ministry of Administration and Digitalisation, which supervises Poczta Polska, plans to float the company onthe stock market in 2016. The new collective labour agreement is an important step towards an IPO, allowing the organisation to be goal-oriented in the pursuit of its strategy and to operate as a proper joint stock company rather than being one in name only.
Puls Biznesu

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