Polish Labour Party (Sierpień 80)
|Polish Labour Party|
|Leader||Bogusław Ziętek (Acting)|
|Founded||11 November 2001|
|Headquarters||ul. Wyzwolenia 18, 00-570 Warsaw|
|European affiliation||European Anticapitalist Left|
|European Parliament group||None|
|Politics of Poland
The Polish Labour Party (Polish: Polska Partia Pracy, PPP) is a minor left-wing political party in Poland, describing itself as socialist. It was created on 11 November 2001 as the 'Alternative - Labour Party' (Alternatywa – Partia Pracy) and acquired its current name in 2004. The party is affiliated with the Wolny Związek Zawodowy "Sierpień 80" - Konfederacja trade union.
The party is opposed to privatisation of state assets resulting from the post-communist reforms of the 1990s and supports increased state expenditure. It is opposed to Polish involvement in the European Union and supports increased cooperation with Poland’s eastern neighbours, free education and health care, free (state funded) contraception and abortions, recognition of same-sex civil unions, the withdrawal of Polish troops from Iraq, the elimination of conscription and the introduction of a professional military, and the introduction of a 35 hour working week. It opposed the introduction of a flat tax and the introduction of capital punishment. The PPP also advocates a withdrawal from the concordat between the Polish state and the Catholic Church.
The Party’s candidate in the 2005 Polish presidential election, Daniel Podrzycki, died in a car accident on September 24, 2005, one day prior to the parliamentary elections. The party achieved 91,266 votes or 0.77% in the 2005 elections, In the 2007 parliamentary elections the party won 0.99% of the popular vote and no seats in the Sejm and the Senate of Poland.
- Polska Partia Pracy (Official website)
- Where Does the Left Come From?. Interview with Boguslaw Zietek, International Viewpoint, 2006
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