Polish Labour Party (Sierpień 80)
|First leader||Daniel Podrzycki (2001-2005)|
|Last leader||Bogusław Ziętek (2005-2017)|
|Founded||11 November 2001|
|Dissolved||24 January 2017|
|Headquarters||ul. Wyzwolenia 18, 00-570 Warsaw|
|European affiliation||European Anti-Capitalist Left|
The Polish Labour Party (Polish: Polska Partia Pracy, PPP) was 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 new name in 2004. The party was affiliated with the Free Trade Union "August 80".
The party was opposed to privatisation of state assets resulting from the post-communist reforms of the 1990s and supported increased state expenditure. It was opposed to Polish involvement in the European Union and supported 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 advocated 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.
On 14 September 2015, the PPP joined the United Left (ZL) electoral alliance which was formed as a response for the poor performance of the Polish Left in the 2015 presidential election. The alliance received 7.6% of the vote in the 2015 parliamentary election below the 8% electoral threshold leaving it with no parliamentary representation.
- Polish Communist Party (2002)
- Socialist Alternative (Poland)
- Workers' Democracy (Poland)
- Young Socialists (Poland)
- Polska Partia Pracy (Official website)
- Where Does the Left Come From?. Interview with Boguslaw Zietek, International Viewpoint, 2006
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