I am proud of it

The temporary decree on setting up and activity of the labour inspection was signed by Marshal Józef Piłsudski on the 3rd of January 1919. That decision confirms the maturity, modernity and foresight of the creators of restored Poland. The Polish state, in spite of being ruined by the partitions and the World War, decided not only to secure its external safety, but also to protect labour of Poles.

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Wishes for the new century

The philosophy behind the National Labour Inspectorate’s activity has always been the assumption that labour is protected by the state. Certainly, to some extent hired labour is a commodity, merchandise sold and bought in the market (...)


ANDRZEJ DUDA,
President of Poland

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On the occasion of centenary of the National Labour Inspectorate’s establishment I wish to express my recognition for its activity and highlight the essential role it plays as regards respect for labour law. (...)


ELŻBIETA RAFALSKA,
Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy

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The history of the Polish labour inspection’s establishment shows a close connection between the restoration of the Polish state by Marshal Józef Piłsudski – after 123 years of the partitions by three countries – and the development of new labour law provisions and the establishment of the state labour inspectorate to protect observance of that legislation. (...)


JANUSZ ŚNIADEK, MP,
Chairman of the Labour Protection Council

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The centenary of the National Labour Inspectorate’s establishment is a good time for a deeper debate on the role, position and meaning of this institution for the labour market, especially that we face many challenges, such as the scale of grey zone, inflow of foreign workers, common presence of employment outside the Labour Code rules, violations of rights of employees and trade unions (...)


PIOTR DUDA,
Chairman of the National Commission of NSZZ Solidarność trade union

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The celebrations of the National Labour Inspectorate’s centenary are held under the patronage of:

Pioneer times. The labour inspection
in Poland in years 1919-1939

At the beginning, there was just a handful of labour inspectors who had to care about the well-being of millions of workers. With time, the number of inspectors grew, but the number of tasks imposed on them increased too. In that situation, protection of the weakest – women and children, who worked even harder than men – became a priority.

Such were the pioneer times of the labour inspection in Poland reviving after the partitions and war destructions. We get to know its history thanks to the old photographs.

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Timeline

The history of labour inspection is mainly the story of the hard everyday work of labour inspectors. It is also quite abundant in breakthrough dates. The most important one is, without question, 3 January 1919 – the day the decree “on setting up and activity of the labour inspection” came into force. The “One hundred years’ timeline” also highlights other important dates in the history of the Inspectorate. It is worth knowing them.

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NATIONAL LABOUR INSPECTION 1919-2019

Labour inspection in Poland has always been quite lucky with regard to its staff. This is not an office chosen for career or money. Here what matters the most is a sense of mission and the awareness that “the ultimate objective of work is always a person.” These words spoken by Pope John Paul II are placed on the banner of the National Labour Inspectorate. Every day they are proven true by our inspectors, throughout the last 100 years they have been proven true by the Chiefs of our institution. Here we take a look at their profiles.


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Multimedia

Here you can watch the coverage of the most important events taking place within the framework of the 100th anniversary of National Labour Inspectorate’s celebrations. There will also be some commemorative publications here. And now – off to a good start with the “100 Years of Polish Labour Inspection”, a film directed by Konrad Pachciarek, a labour inspector, the Head of District Labour Inspectorate in Szczecin.


Mission: labour protection

„“One century of work for labour protection” is the motto of the celebrations surrounding the centenary of the creation of our Inspection but also the title of a commemorative exhibition. It consists of 15 poster boards showing the history and current operation of labour inspection. It also presents our mission and shows the professional pride of the inspectors, the tangible results of their efforts and the future challenges in store for labour inspection. The exhibition ends with wishes for the new century but also proposals for the future issued to the National Labour Inspectorate by: Andrzej Duda, the President of the Republic of Poland, Elżbieta Rafalska, the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Janusz Śniadek, MP, Chairman of the Labour Protection Council and Piotr Duda, Chairman of the National Commission of NSZZ Solidarność Trade Union.

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