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Polish workers humiliated at the Laurens Patisseries - protest


enkidu 7 | 623
13 Apr 2010 #1
If you wish to support this action - feel free to drop them a letter:

Protest

I hereby protest against the decision made by the production management on the 11th of April 2010.

Forbidding polish personnel from honouring the tragically deceased in the plane crash near the city of Smolensk with a two-minute tribute may be considered as lack of compassion and an act of humiliation.

Therefore, in the act of solidarity with the employees I request the following:

1. a reasonable explanation to be given to the personnel
2. written apologies to be issued to all employees
3. a manager who caused such outcry to be held responsible for their decision

Yours Sincerely,

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Also - a formal complaint was filed

polkadot.pl/forum/nasze_sprawy/protest_przeciw_zakazowi_2_minut_ciszy
Varsovian 92 | 634
13 Apr 2010 #2
Human relations are just that.

No-one is stopping people from commemorating. No need to seek confrontation.
Mr Grunwald 25 | 1,717
13 Apr 2010 #4
Yes they are! The 9/11 and all $h!t it wasn't the Jews/west/Muslims/commies/etc it was zhe Gerrys :p
Torq 32 | 2,897
13 Apr 2010 #5
Forbidding polish personnel from honouring the tragically deceased in the plane crash near the city of Smolensk with a two-minute tribute may be considered as lack of compassion and an act of humiliation.

Germans are behind it, surely....:(

Is the company manager's name Meier? ;)
time means 5 | 1,310
13 Apr 2010 #6
we were forbidden to switch off the production lines for two minutes

That might sound easier than it is to actually do (continuous process)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
13 Apr 2010 #7
when my mother passed away from cancer in Poland I did not get a day off at work. Was I angry?, no. I was still in shock to even think about it.

What is the purpose of the protest anyways. Did they break the law. Sure it is a case of human compassion gone wrong. Nothing less, nothing more.
Harry
13 Apr 2010 #8
Thanks for that address, I've just sent the company an email of support.
jonni 16 | 2,485
13 Apr 2010 #9
Here in Poland shops like Biedronka, Żabka and Tesco closed on Sunday. Ostensibly in mourning, but in fact it is the quietest day of the week and one in which the shopfloor staff, among the lowest paid people in the country, receive overtime on which they depend.
Bratwurst Boy 7 | 10,456
13 Apr 2010 #10
Yes they are! The 9/11 and all $h!t it wasn't the Jews/west/Muslims/commies/etc it was zhe Gerrys :p

Is the company manager's name Meier? ;)

convex 20 | 3,978
13 Apr 2010 #11
Here's a suggestion, come to work a little early, observe 2 minutes outside with whoever wants to join. Then go to work. What's the problem?
cms 9 | 1,271
13 Apr 2010 #12
Jonni, all of those retailiers are paying their staff for the lost hours. And Sunday is actually the 3rd biggest day for most retailers, especially those in shopping centers or hypers.
jonni 16 | 2,485
13 Apr 2010 #13
all of those retailiers are paying their staff for the lost hours

Even nadgodzine overtime shifts at places like Zabka? Those extra few zlotych are quite important to the people who do them.

The need for food shops to be open that day was proved by the queues at minimarkets and off-licences that didn't close.
doctorgrenades - | 20
13 Apr 2010 #14
talk about overreaction, i think they need to grow up and stop acting like spoilt little children. dont forget laurens employ you, they dont owe you a thing
f stop 25 | 2,513
13 Apr 2010 #15
WTF people? You really want to do this at work?
You can have your 2 min, hell, you can have 2 fvcking hours, just don't make a spectacle at work.
Grieving, my a$$. Attention seeking fools.
doctorgrenades - | 20
13 Apr 2010 #16
god damn right!!!can we get a 1000 nappies sent to laurens please, and bono to write a charity song for them
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859
13 Apr 2010 #17
Why didnt they offer to cut their lunch hour short by a couple of minutes in exchange for a brief two minute tribute on the shop floor?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
13 Apr 2010 #18
That's hardly humiliated but it is a bit off. I would have allowed them that silence but production can be a precision art. The Poles needed to raise this in advance as advance planning is key in industry.
f stop 25 | 2,513
14 Apr 2010 #19
Did you see that video?? During two minutes of SILENCE all the alarms and horns were turned on, cacophony of grating noise. Unbelievable.
Technika 1 | 17
14 Apr 2010 #20
Enkidu you won't get anywhere with this protest. It's not against the law. I'm sure if the workers had said to the manager that they wanted to take 2 minutes to observe the deaths in Saturdays tragedy the manager would have obliged but to ask an entire company to halt production is crazy. To stop machines, delay drivers and sellers. Too much.

Kaczynski's death is sad as is that of his wife and the many others but for many life must go on. There is no other way.
z_darius 14 | 3,968
14 Apr 2010 #21
when my mother passed away from cancer in Poland I did not get a day off at work. Was I angry?, no. I was still in shock to even think about it.

I'm in shock that you didn't take 2 days off that you were entitled to by law.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
14 Apr 2010 #22
So am I, but I worked for a really strange people. I could not believe it either, I quit after 3 months anyways.
z_darius 14 | 3,968
14 Apr 2010 #23
They must have been very strange indeed, as Poles are hardly any different from others in understanding the grief people go through after a death of a loved one.
richasis 1 | 420
14 Apr 2010 #25
That's hardly humiliated but it is a bit off. I would have allowed them that silence but production can be a precision art. The Poles needed to raise this in advance as advance planning is key in industry.

Unbridled Capitalism sometimes proves itself 'an impersonal thing' to, and for, its Means of Production.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
14 Apr 2010 #26
Germans are behind it, surely....:(

Nah for sure the Jews!

I wonder if Enkidu will be writing to all those protesting about the president being laid to rest at the castle in Krakow, aparently quite a few dont want him, they're Polish too!

As for this thread...FFS..this is England, go home to grieve if you feel that bad..Its got nothing to do with us.

WTF people? You really want to do this at work?
You can have your 2 min, hell, you can have 2 fvcking hours, just don't make a spectacle at work.
Grieving, my a$$. Attention seeking fools.

Yep! I even saw some grafity today on a building in Manchester saying RIP and then some Polish names! fekin idiots!
convex 20 | 3,978
14 Apr 2010 #27
Did you see that video?? During two minutes of SILENCE all the alarms and horns were turned on, cacophony of grating noise. Unbelievable.

I made that comment too as I was watching it.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
14 Apr 2010 #28
We perceive such attitude as an act of hate crime and are considering taking serious legal actions including reporting the case to the Police and also advising the owners of the Bakkavör Group in Iceland as well as the mass media about the above.

PMSL..Sorry this bit did make me laugh...the mass media in the UK would tell you to go fcuk yourself if you sent this letter in to them, or they might publish it for a laugh!
Marcinb - | 1
14 Apr 2010 #29
Laurens Patisseries Latest NEWS:

Very tough negotiations were held last night at the factory. The atmosphere was heated up and many words were said. The point of view of polish contingent was presented and certain issues raised. Discussion explained the reason behind the action and presented an action that the factory plans on taking. Therefore we were asked to bring to a halt all actions already taken till the company has issued the official statement.

Here is an appeal to all the participants in the PROTEST action:

- Do please put on hold any actions currently taken and wait till 17:00 GMT when the statement will be issued and till 00:00 when the organisers comments will be published.

This is an unprecedented event, very difficult to deal with for both sides. Each of us has to observe the law and follow the rules therefore the outcome we await should be within reason and the law.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
14 Apr 2010 #30
- Do please put on hold any actions currently taken and wait till 17:00 GMT when the statement will be issued and till 00:00 when the organisers comments will be published.

and you just posted it on the public forum.

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