Vets are getting ready to protest. A call to participate in a protest

The protest committee appointed by the Warsaw Agreement called on vets and IA staff to join the protest. An open letter was also sent to Prime Minister Kowalczyk, in which he called for the withdrawal of the “bizarre project” about the conditions and amount of compensation for performing work by veterinarians.

A protest committee was set up under the Warsaw Agreement and called on all veterinarians and veterinary inspectors to support and participate in the protest.

A concept for the amount of compensation for the performance of work by veterinarians

The above events took place in connection with the presentation of a draft regulation from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on the conditions and amount of compensation for performing work by veterinarians and other persons designated by the poviat veterinarian. As highlighted, it includes “the shockingly low fees for veterinary work in today’s economic reality”. Another reason for appointing the Protest Committee is the lack of revaluation of the salaries of some employees of the Veterinary Inspectorate.

The committee announced that it has started preparations for a nationwide protest by all groups of veterinarians and employees of the Veterinary Inspectorate.

The government’s draft regulation does not take into account the current economic situation

As the committee emphasizes, despite many months of negotiations on the content of the draft regulation, the ruling party has not taken into account the assumptions and proposals for the draft agreement presented by the agreement.

“The draft Government Regulation does not take into account the current economic situation and the indexation of allowances for work performed on the basis of the appointment of the district veterinarian in the period from 2011 (sometimes 2004), i.e. from the date of their latest amendment. Moreover, the proposed fees are in many cases lower than the rates that currently apply, which makes it unacceptable’, the committee emphasizes in the appeal.

“Notwithstanding the above, we also point out the need to increase the wages of employees of organizational units of the Veterinary Inspectorate, which are not yet subject to their latest regulations,” he added.

An open letter to Prime Minister Kowalczyk

The protest committee has asked veterinarians and IW staff to “sign an open letter to Prime Minister Kowalczyk and be prepared to participate actively in a possible protest”.

In this letter, the commission called on Prime Minister Kowalczyk to withdraw the Ministry of Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine’s “bizarre project” and to “start immediately with representatives of the Warsaw Agreement on the new project”.

“In our opinion, the basis for joint work should be the project of January 27, 2022, developed by the Warsaw Agreement (attached). The draft regulation of the Department of Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine is unacceptable, as the proposed wages are in many cases lower than the rates currently in force, set in 2011, and in some cases even in 2004, and will lead to massive withdrawals for economic reasons from signing annexes to contracts for carrying out activities under the appointment of a district veterinarian or even their termination, which threatens the continuity of veterinary protection of public health and supervision of the safety of food of animal origin” – we read in the open letter.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, reference was also made to the need to increase “the wages of the employees of the organizational units of the Veterinary Inspectorate, who have not yet been subject to their final regulation”.

As noted, in case of non-joint work on the above topics, veterinarians and employees of the Veterinary Inspectorate declare participation in the protest action, including the termination of contracts for carrying out activities under the appointment of the poviat veterinarian.

A decent future depends on acting together

“Given such a bizarre government proposal of the level of compensation for designated veterinarians and the creation of pay inequality among employees of the Veterinary Inspectorate, a dignified future for all of us responsible for veterinary public health protection and the safety of animal food origin depends on our determination and joint action” – indicates the agreement in its appeal. “Depending on the number of signatures indicating the strength of your support, we will take adequate and appropriate steps to create a roadmap of the trail and forms of protest” – he adds.

The signatories of the Warsaw Agreement are the National Medical and Veterinary Chamber, the National Union of Veterinary Inspectors, the Association of Official Veterinary Physicians, the National Association of Free Practitioners “Medicus Veterinarius”, the National Department of Veterinary Workers of NSZZ “Solidarity “.

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