The management board of Poland's largest mining group Kompania Węglowa (KW) has questioned some of the demands put forward by the company's labor unions in a collective labor dispute.
Representatives of both parties are to sit down to talks on Friday. The dispute is the unions' reaction to a preliminary restructuring plan at KW.
KW's management stressed that in 2010 the company and its labor unions agreed to a settlement on work conditions. Employees should not start a collective dispute as that agreement is still in force.
The management also disagreed with the unions' opinion that their freedom in the company was limited and that wages have fallen in real terms saying that between 2010-2013, the average monthly salary grew from zł.5,588 to zł.6,790.
In the present financial situation, the company is unable to raise salaries, even by the value of inflation, the management also said.
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