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Protest in Bourneville over planned Cadbury closures

04 December 2007
Some 50 workers from the Cadbury plant in Keynsham, Somerset, travelled to the Bourneville plant in Birmingham on Monday. They protested at plans to close the plant and move the work to Poland. Some 200 jobs are also threatened at Bourneville.

Polish voters turn against right wing party

23 October 2007
Donald Tusk's neoliberal Civic Platform won the Polish parliamentary elections last Sunday comprehensively defeating the right-wing populist Law and Justice party of prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski – whose twin brother is the country's president.

Manufacturing Matters lobby of parliament

23 October 2007
Cadbury workers joined a Unite union "Manufacturing Matters" lobby of parliament on Wednesday of last week against plans to move their work to Poland. The Polish union Solidarity backs their campaign. Marek Wytrykowski, from a Cadbury factory in Warsaw, said, "We support the campaign against Cadbury taking part in a race to the bottom for cheap labour. We are not happy to take work from Britain and we send our best wishes."

On Brick Lane: tracing East End history

04 September 2007
Rachel Lichtenstein’s grandparents were Polish Jewish refugees who lived on Brick Lane in London’s East End before the Second World War.

Class unity wins over agency workers in Watford

31 July 2007
Picketing post workers in Watford scored a major goal against their management and in favour of working class unity on Wednesday last week when they convinced a coach load of Polish agency workers not to break their strike.

Nurses' protest camp shakes Poland’s government

26 June 2007
Polish health workers are involved in a major battle against the right wing government. They are demanding pay rises.

Anti-Bush demos in Italy and Poland

12 June 2007
Rome takes on Bush

Polish construction workers walkout at Kings Cross

05 June 2007
Forty mostly Polish construction workers at a Metronet site at King's Cross Station in London walked off the job on Friday 25 May in a dispute over late payments.

Unite wins groundbreaking victory for agency workers

21 May 2007
A group of Polish workers in the food processing industry have won an important victory at an employment rights tribunal, which said they should be considered employees rather than self-employed. The workers are members of the T&G section of the recently merged Unite union which originally brought the case in 2005.

T&G union Polish workers' meeting in Glasgow

14 October 2006
The T&G union held a Polish language meeting in Glasgow for the first time last Sunday.

Reports round-up

02 September 2006
Tesco sacks a Polish union rep A T&G union shop steward has been sacked at a Tesco distribution warehouse in Middleton in north west England.

Polish migrants can organise

02 September 2006
‘I came to Britain in 2000, before Poland joined the European Union (EU). So I had to wait six months before I could get the right papers and was allowed to work.

Polish migrants and unemployment

26 August 2006
No one knows how many people from the new central and eastern member states of the European Union (EU) have moved to Britain since they joined in May 2004. Estimates vary between 300,000 and 500,000, mainly Polish workers. Certainly in London, they seem to have fitted in very quickly.

Polish strawberry pickers strike in Hertfordshire

22 July 2006
Some 500 Polish migrant workers protested against exploitation outside the S&A strawberry farm in Leominster, Herefordshire, on Monday of this week. The protest was organised by the T&G union.

Poland 1956: The Poznan uprising

01 July 2006
The Poznan uprising of June 1956 sparked a mass movement in Poland and set in train the events leading towards the revolution in Hungary later in the year.

Airport workers

19 November 2005
Ground staff at London Luton airport are set to be asked whether they would support moves for strike action after the T&G union discovered what it says is the exploitation of Polish workers.

Bus drivers: ‘Bosses treat us all the same — badly’

29 October 2005
A bus drivers’ strike in north Staffordshire and south Cheshire has shown how unity can be forged between British-born and Polish workers.

Majer Bogdanski 1912–2005

01 October 2005
Majer Bogdanski was born in Piotrkow-Tribunalski in Poland on 4 July 1912 and died in London on 4 September 2005. He was a member of the Bund, a Jewish socialist organisation which saw the future for Jews as being in the countries where they had been living for centuries.

Warsaw gay and lesbian Equality Parade

25 June 2005
Polish demonstrators on the recent Equality Parade in Warsaw for gay and lesbian rights. The march went ahead despite attempts to ban it. The 10,000-strong march is a sign of increasing confidence

More corrupt than Saddam era

29 January 2005
EARLIER THIS month $300 million was taken out of the Iraq Central Bank in cash, and secretly flown to Beirut, Lebanon, in a chartered jet. The defence minister in Iraq’s interim government, Hazim al-Shalaan, authorised this withdrawal.Talking from Beirut, an aide to al-Shalaan explained the money was needed to buy arms from Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine and the US and that it was approved by prime minister Iyad Allawi.

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