Information on the rules for representing employees and members of the Union as well as the tasks and functions of the National Labor Inspectorate

Please be advised that in accordance with the Act of May 23, 1991 on trade unions (DZ.U. 2015 item 1881.) Article 7. provides:

1. Trade unions represent all employees in the area of collective rights and interests, regardless of their trade union affiliation.

2. Trade unions represent the rights and interests of their members in matters of individual employment relationships. At the request of a non-affiliated worker a trade union may undertake to defend their rights and interests in a dispute with the employer.

Additionally, Article 30 of the Act provides that:

1. In a workplace where more than one trade union operates, each of them defends the rights and represents the interests of its members.

2. An employee who is not a member of the union has the right to have his or her rights defended on the same principles as employees who are members of the union if the union chosen by him or her agrees to defend his or her rights.

We would like to inform you about the opportunity to take advantage of legal consultations and advice from the National Labor Inspectorate (District Labor Inspectorate in Katowice)

The National Labor Inspectorate was established in order to monitor and inspect business activities of entrepreneurs if they employ workers. The Inspectorate checks whether the business complies with the provisions of the Labor Code and related laws. Legal advice provided by the Inspectorate is free and can be given by phone, via electronic correspondence (use the form on the Inspectorate's website - to ask questions about Labor law) and in person at district Labor Inspectorate offices, as well as at local branches.

National Labor Inspectorate District Labor Inspectorate in Katowice ul. Graniczna 29

40-017 Katowice tel. (32) 60 41 208 fax (32) 60 41 250

An employee may receive free legal advice regarding, among others

  • annual leave,
  • equal treatment at work,
  • remuneration for work and other cash benefits arising from the employment relationship,
  • entering into and terminating an employment relationship,
  • working conditions,
  • employing persons under 18 years old.

It should be emphasized that requests may not be made anonymously. Requests that do not contain the name or surname or address of the applicant shall not be considered. However, it should be remembered that the data of the person submitting the complaint are confidential and may not be disclosed to anyone, in particular the employer, and additionally, the labor inspector may in special situations decide that the anonymous complaint will be considered.

Scope of activities:

  1. The PTU Higher Education and Science Council carries out activities for the benefit of all employees of universities and scientific institutions, retirees and pensioners, strives to systematically improve their social and material situation, working conditions and takes care of their living conditions,
  2. It participates in shaping the progressive character of education,
  3. It works with other stakeholders on developing the policy in the field of education, plans for its growth and related material and financial outlays,
  4. It strives for unrestricted growth of creative thought in the field of national education, for scientific research that fosters social and economic progress, and contributes to the implementation of research results in practice,
  5. It devotes special care to a creative search for staff aimed at raising the level of teaching, pastoral and research work,
  6. It aims to provide academic staff with teaching equipment, facilities, tools and equipment suitable for their tasks,
  7. It strives to strengthen and develop the principles of education in a spirit of tolerance and respect for human dignity, developing the sense of responsibility, and shapes proactive attitudes in the academic community,
  8. It participates in socio-educational and popular science activities for the general society,
  9. It works to strengthen solidarity and cooperation between science workers.

The Council includes representatives of the institution-level organizations of the Polish Teachers' Union operating in 73 public universities and scientific institutes.

Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) - a public body created in Poland on May 5, 2006 to service the Minister of Science and Higher Education. The Minister of Science and Higher Education manages the government department administration of higher education and science (created in 2018 after the merger of the departments of science and higher education)[2] and is the administrator of the budget for state-funded research.

Trade Unions

There are two trade unions at the University of Economics in Katowice:

A trade union is a social organization which brings together people of paid employment on a voluntary basis. Its aim is to defend the socio-economic interests. It may be created according to the criteria of the industry of production, of the profession or region in which it operates. The unions can further develop self-aid, educational and cultural activities.

In accordance with the Act on Trade Unions of 23 May 1991 (Journal of Laws 1991 No 55, item 234):

  • A trade union shall be a voluntary and self-governing organization of the employees, founded to represent and defend their rights, occupational and social interests.
  • In pursuing its statutory activities a trade union shall be independent from employers, state administration, territorial self-government, and other organizations.
  • State and territorial self-government authorities as well as the employers shall treat trade unions equally.
  • The right to found and join trade unions shall be given to the employees regardless of the employment relation basis, members of agricultural production cooperatives, and persons who perform work on the basis of an agency contract if they are not employers.
  • No person shall bear negative consequences of their membership or non-membership
    in a trade union or performance of a function within the trade union. In particular this cannot constitute a condition for conclusion of an employment relationship, maintenance of such a relationship, or promotion.
  • To proceedings in respect of infringement of the prohibition of unequal treatment in employment as a result of belonging to a trade union or to remain outside the employment relationship or to carry out trade union functions in respect of persons other than workers referred to in paragraph 1. 1 shall apply the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure of 17 November 1964 (Dz. (Polish Journal of Laws) of 2018, item 1360, 1467, 1499 and 1544) on proceedings in matters of Labor law. The competent court of employment is the court with jurisdiction to hear those cases.
  • The Statutes and the provincial regulations set out freely the organizational structure of trade unions. Only the statutory bodies of the structure of the trade union with legal personality may undertake their financial obligations.
  • A trade union is formed by a resolution on its formation made by at least 10 persons entitled to form trade unions.