Three Worlds of Polish Industrial Relations
Department of Economic Sociology Warsaw School of Economics Warsaw, Poland
Throughout 1990s and 2000s once homogenous Polish industrial relations had been gradually decomposing. As of 2009, empirical data suggests that Polish industrial relations are divided into three different worlds, which appear not to have much in common. The parallel worlds of public sector, domestic private sector and private enterprises with foreign capital (MNCs) vary in sociodemographic terms, pay conditiions, HRM policies and presence of trade unions and other forms of employee representation. In each of the three worlds there are distinctive patterns of industrial relations observable.