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26-2017 Orange Polska signed with trade unions the Social Agreement for the years 2018–2019, under which up to 2,680 employees may benefit from voluntary departures.

Current Report (26/2017)

Orange Polska S.A. – Warsaw, Poland

5 December 2017

 

Pursuant to Article 17(1) of the Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse (market abuse regulation) and repealing Directive 2003/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directives 2003/124/EC, 2003/125/EC and 2004/72/EC, the Management Board of Orange Polska S.A. (“Orange Polska”) announces the conclusion of a Social Agreement with the Social Partners.

Orange Polska signed with trade unions the Social Agreement for the years

2018–2019, under which up to 2,680 employees may benefit from voluntary departures.

On December 5, 2017, the Management Board of Orange Polska concluded negotiations with the Social Partners on the terms of a new Social Agreement. This will remain in force for the next two years, that is 2018–2019. In parallel to negotiating the Social Agreement, Orange Polska completed negotiations on a Settlement for 2018 under the Act of 13 March 2003 on special rules on termination of employment for reasons not attributable to employees (Journal of Law of 2016, item 1474).

In particular, the Social Agreement for 2018–2019 sets the number of voluntary departures in the next two years at 2,680 people and determines a financial package for employees leaving Orange Polska under the voluntary departure scheme. It also provides for potential basic salary rises (2.5% in 2018 and 2019) and additional compensation for employees reaching retirement age, while specifying the position and role of internal mobility in supporting an allocation programme and offering participation in an outplacement programme to people whose employment contracts are to be terminated by the employer. In addition, the Social Agreement for 2018–2019 provides for the follow-up of the ‘Friendly Work Environment’ programme and continuation of medical coverage.

The negotiated Settlement sets the number of employees to leave Orange Polska in 2018 at 1,450 and determines the terms of voluntary departures in 2018 as well as the amount of severance pay and additional compensation for employees departing in 2018. The Settlement also specifies the rules and selection criteria to be applied to people whose employment will be terminated by the employer for reasons not attributable to employees.

The amount of compensation package per departing employee will depend on their seniority in the Group in accordance with the Intragroup Collective Labour Agreement and will be increased in 2018 by additional compensation of PLN 5,000 for employees with seniority of 10 to 15 years, PLN 10,000 for employees with seniority of 15 to 20 years or PLN 26,000 for employees with seniority of more than 20 years.

The Management Board of Orange Polska will conduct the relevant analysis, and the financial impact resulting from the aforementioned agreement will be covered in the accounts for the fourth quarter of 2017. 

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