No strike on May 1, protest picket instead - LOT airline's trade unions

Guided by responsibility for Polish national air carrier LOT employees and the company, and taking into account the inconvenience to passengers, trade unions operating in LOT have decided not to stage a strike on Tuesday, May 1.

The announcement was made on Monday afternoon by the head of the trade union of pilots, Adam Rzeszot.

"In this way we are giving PM Mateusz Morawiecki time to adopt a stance on the social unrest in the company," Rzeszot told a press conference. 

"Instead, a protest picket is planned at the LOT headquarters in Warsaw at 6 am on Tuesday, May 1," Rzeszot added, stressing that moves taken by LOT CEO Rafal Milczarski "were conducted in bad faith and negotiations were of a superficial nature."

He also said that the Friday ruling of a Warsaw court was illegal and not binding. Last Friday, the Warsaw court ruled in the airline's favour and prohibited the protest. 

"Trade unions operating in LOT expect the PM to take steps; if no moves are taken by mid-May, a new date for the strike will be announced," Rzeszot declared. 

"We have decided not to stage a strike on May 1, after PM Morawiecki recalled the chairman of the supervisory board. We consider this decision a positive sign of the will to end the ongoing dispute in LOT," he explained.

"If the PM takes no steps by mid-May, then we will announce our decision regarding a new date for our strike," he stressed, adding that full responsibility for this decision "will fall on the LOT CEO."

According to Rzeszot, "Rafal Milczarski's game is a provocation, as all the trade unions want is dialogue and for the law to be observed."