PZU and PZU Życie respect the right to unconstrained association and strike. Their dialog with trade unions enables them to keep the communication channels open on an ongoing basis, thus reducing the risk of potential conflicts. In most cases, this dialog takes the form of negotiations, consultations and an ordinary exchange of information between the partners involved. The overarching objective is to support the development of PZU and PZU Życie, implement the management strategy and build social order supported by the largest possible groups of people associated with the PZU Group. Management endeavors to have all arrangements reached with trade unions formalized in the form of a signed agreement.
PZU and PZU Życie hold regular meetings with all social partners. On average, such meetings take place in PZU’s Head Office every other week over the course of two days. The schedule of such meetings along with the agenda is delivered to trade union representatives before each quarter. Furthermore, the employer holds meetings with each trade union organization independently of other meetings. Due to the appointment, within the structures of the HR Management Department, of the Team for Social Dialog at PZU, the social dialog has become embedded in the organizational culture and is now one of the strategic management tools.
Other companies in which trade unions operated in 2017 were as follows: PZU Zdrowie, PZU CO, PZU Pomoc, TFI PZU, Lietuvos Draudimas, Armatura Kraków, Centrum Medyczne Medica, Sanatorium Uzdrowiskowe “Krystynka”, Elvita as well as Bank Pekao and Alior Bank. In the Ukrainian companies, the employee representation function is discharged by the Employee Council. The Council represents all employees in their legal relationship with the employer and monitors and ensures the performance of the collective bargaining agreement.
In both banking groups, the freedom of employee association is respected. Trade unions operate both in the Pekao Group and in the Alior Bank Group and are engaged in a dialog with representatives of these companies based on respect for the parties’ interests.