For several days now, large groups of migrants have been camping along the Polish-Belarusian border. There have been constant acts of violence and provocation by the Belarusian services against defenceless people.

Belarusians are pushing people onto the wires, forcing them to cross the Polish border, and Polish guards do not allow anyone to pass. It is another night when migrants, mainly Kurds from Iraq, are camping in the forest without any shelter. Frustration is growing and there are attempts to cross the border.

Also at the Kuźnica-Bruzgi border crossing a huge group was camping for more than a week, trying to legally enter the territory of Poland. The crossing is blocked with barbed wire fences and the Polish authorities and Border Guard do not let anyone in. It was here that the violence escalated At this closed Kuźnica-Bruzgi border crossing, increasingly desperate immigrants threw stones at Polish officers and soldiers. Polish uniformed officers used tear gas and water cannons. After these events, the camp was dismantled and the immigrants were moved to a makeshift encampment deep inside the territory of Belarus. However, some people are still trying to get to Poland and are being subjected to pushback.

On November 16, medical rescuers on the border reported yet another, the twelfth victim of the humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. A one-year-old child died in the forest. The family from Syria had been wandering in the forest for a month. 

On the evening of November 16, a scandalous incident took place in the Podlasie village of Wiejki. At approximately 16:00, three photojournalists were attacked by unidentified officers of the Polish Army. Reporters Maciej Moskwa, Martin Divíšek and Maciej Nabrdalik were performing their journalist duties. 

Amazon fired union activist Magdalena Malinowska on November 9.

Malinowska is a member of the Presidium of the Intercompany Committee of the Amazon Workers’ Initiative (Inicjatywa Pracownicza) and a social labor inspector. She has also been active in the Workers’ Initiative (Inicjatywa Pracownicza) for years. Amazon accuses Magdalena Malinowska of violating the rules of social intercourse due to the fact that she allegedly took a photo of an employee who died while working at Amazon. Malinowska dealt with the issue of accidents at work and she is convinced that the man employed in the warehouse in Sady near Poznan died from overwork.The formal reason for the dismissal was the alleged „filming or photographing the process of transferring the corpse”, which Magdalena Malinowska strongly denies.

We will soon publish an interview with the activist in English. 

Konfederacja Pracy – Polish trade union – has presented a report on the situation of young people on the labor market in Poland during the pandemic. The authors, Nadia Oleszczuk and Karolina Kulpa, are young activists of Konfederacja Pracy trade union group. The authors identify the main problems on the labor market and formulate postulates to improve the situation.

The report discusses the pathology of junk contracts, which are often the only option of employment for young people. It also touches upon the so far underestimated issue of free internships and apprenticeships. Employers use this option en masse, taking advantage of young people’s work, without any obligation to pay for their services. Konfederacja Pracy is against such solutions and demands to put an end to the abandonment of free internships and apprenticeships.



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