All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions

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OPZZ
OPZZ logo.png
Full name All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions
Native name Ogólnopolskie Porozumienie Związków Zawodowych
Founded November 24, 1984
Members 2.5 million
Country Poland
Affiliation ETUC ITUC
Key people Jan Guz, President
Website opzz.org.pl

The All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (Polish: Ogólnopolskie Porozumienie Związków Zawodowych, OPZZ) is a national trade union center founded in 1984.

History[edit]

Following the decisions of the Polish government declaring Solidarity illegal, the OPZZ was created on 24 November 1984 according to the 1982 trade union act which made trade union divisionism illegal. The OPZZ inherited all of Solidarity's property, and was part of the pro-government Patriotic Movement for National Revival (Patriotyczny Ruch Odrodzenia Narodowego - PRON). In 1985 it joined the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). Until 1990 the OPZZ was tied closely to the Polish United Worker's Party (PZPR). Following the end of communist rule in Poland the federation aligned with various post-communist and social-democratic parties (e.g. Democratic Left Alliance, SLD).

In 2006 the OPZZ affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation and the International Trade Union Confederation.

In the summer of 2006, Roman Giertych, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland and a stalwart of the ultra-right-wing and chauvinistic League of Polish Families, voiced his support for the confiscation of OPZZ property and the dissolution of the organization, branding it a mouthpiece of the Social-Democratic Union (SLD) and the heir of the Communist PZPR.

Activities[edit]

Seat All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions on Kopernik Street (Ulica Kopernika) in Warsaw, Poland

The mission of OPZZ is stated as the defence of social and worker's right of the trade unions. OPZZ has strongly supported the demands of state owned industry sector.

The OPZZ is governed by Congress (Kongres), Council (Rada) and Presidium (Prezydium).

OPZZ associates 90 nation-wide trade union organisations (uniform trade unions and federations) grouped in 12 branches:

  1. Raw materials and power industry
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Education, science and culture
  4. Health care and social insurance
  5. Agriculture and food economy
  6. Construction, forestry, wood industry, environment protection and water economy
  7. Municipal economy
  8. Co-operatives
  9. Trade and services
  10. Transport and maritime economy
  11. Railways
  12. Communication

OPZZ also has its internal territorial structures, with territorial range corresponding to the administrative division of the country. These are voivodship (regional) councils (16) and powiat (district) councils (240).

In 1995 OPZZ had 2.5 million members, almost twice as many as its archrival, Solidarity.[1]

Presidents of OPZZ[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 21 April 2006 of the equivalent article on the Polish Wikipedia.