EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa

Geographic Location

Country: Poland
Region: Rybnicko-jastrzebski; Slaskie; Poludniowy


Sector: Mining / quarrying
Mining and quarrying
05 - Mining of coal and lignite
Number Employed: 19000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-03-2006
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2006
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2006
Planned Job Creation: 1208

Additional Information

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa is recruiting up to 1,000 miners - a surprising move given the government programme for the mining industry. According to this programme, mother company Kompania Węglowa, should employ no more than a total of 6,400 workers by the end of 2006 in all its entities. However, actual employment exceeds this target by no less than 3,000 workers. The shifting of workers from unprofitable mines set to close to profitable ones has not been achieved as foreseen in the government's restructuring programme. For fear of invoking the wrath of the unions, Kompania Węglowa has so far refrained from shutting down any pits; accordingly, no job transfers have taken place. As a result, profitable mines are short of labour and given that transfers are not taking place, they are forced to hire new workers. Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa will hire 445 workers by the end of 2006, in addition to the 763 already recruited since the beginning of the year. The Ministry of the Economy has given permission for JSW to hire a total of 1,228 employees in 2006.