The Employee-Friendly Employer Contest has been organized for 11 years by the National Committee of the “Solidarity” Trade Union under the honorary patronage of Poland’s President. The objective of the contest is to promote employers who distinguish themselves by applying good practices in such fields as compliance with the labor laws.

The Certification Committee evaluated the applications sent to the contest considering, among others, compliance with the labor laws, conclusion of collective agreements, concluding employment contracts for an unspecified period of time, trade union membership rates, and functioning of workers’ councils. Emitel S.A. received an award along with such companies as Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A., Kopalnia Soli “Wieliczka” S.A., and Poznańskie Zakłady Zielarskie “Herbapol.”

“We are involved in a lot of projects intended to create a friendly and attractive work place for the employees of Emitel. People are our greatest asset and this is why we pay a lot of attention to such matters as safety and direct or indirect support to our employees and their families. The results of our HR policies are manifested in the annual study of the level of involvement and satisfaction of our employees, which has lots of participants who express very good opinions about our company,” said Andrzej Kozłowski, the President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Candidates for the “Employee-Friendly Employer” title are nominated by the “Solidarity” Trade Union organizations in respective companies. The winners of the contest respect the rights of employees and conduct social dialog in their organizations. The certificate may be used for three years after it is awarded. The statuettes will be handed by President Andrzej Duda on 19 March 2019.

In the recent months, together with the Polish Radio and with participation of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Emitel has successfully performed tests of the emergency notification system. If the service is started, owners of digital radio receivers can be automatically informed about emergency situations. The Ministry of Interior and Administration supports the soonest possible implementation of the system.

Sending emergency notifications is one of the added values of the digital radio system. This functionality enhances the utility of the digital radio technology and very strongly contributes to implementation of the national security strategy.

“T-DAB+ is the fastest developing broadcasting technology in Europe. It is already in use in 22 European countries. The T-DAB system covers a population of 470 million people worldwide. In addition to broadcasting of radio programs, the technology also enables broadcasting of emergency situation messages. Emitel has many years of experience in digital radio technologies. We are happy that our competences could be used in the performance of the emergency notification tests,” said Maciej Staszak, Vice-President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

The first country that completely stopped analog broadcasting is Norway. After the digitization, the number of nationwide radio stations in that country increased from five to thirty-one. Recently, the European Parliament has decided that in two years all radios installed in cars will be required to be able to receive digital signals and IP streaming. In Poland, regular digital broadcasting is currently performed only by the Polish Radio. The range of the emission covers nearly 56% of Poland’s population. The listeners have eight programs to choose from: Jedynka, Dwójka, Trójka, Czwórka, Polskie Radio 24, Polskie Radio Dzieciom, Radio Chopin, adn Radio Poland. Besides nation-wide programs, also the Regional Stations of the Polish Radio are available, which reach the listeners thanks to regionalization of the signal in the territories of the different provinces.

On the occasion of the International Radio Day and the nineteenth anniversary of the decision to build the radio mast in Raszyn, Emitel provided among others a historical transmitter lamp and a telecommunication cabinet to the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station Culture Park Association. The equipment will be used for research purposes and later will become an exhibit in the planned museum of the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station.

The members of the association are young scientists and doctoral students who are fascinated by the history of the pre-war broadcasting station located at the border of the present communes Bemowo (Boernerowo) and Babice. The Transatlantic Broadcasting Station was in operation only for 22 years and consisted of 10 masts that were more than 126 meters tall. It was completely destroyed by Germans in 1945. Its twin station, the Varberg Radio Station in Sweden, which is still in existence, was included on the list of World Heritage sites in 2004.

“Reconstruction of the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station is not possible but, among others thanks to the help of Emitel, we want to restore the old Brown Boveri transmitter, which will become the main exhibit of the planned science center. We are trying to make sure that the museum of the Transatlantic Radio Station is built in the vicinity of its ruins and we appreciate the help in collecting exhibits for the museum,” said Jarosław Chrapek, President of the Management Board of the Transatlantic Broadcasting Station Cultural Park Association.

The founders of the museum are planning to start an amateur short-wave radio station and a telecommunications club that will give a “new life” to the Babice Radio Station on the airwaves under its historical call sign – AXL. The telecommunication cabinet provided by Emitel is identical as the cabinet in which the transmitter was installed in the Broadcasting Center in Konstantynów.

“Polish radio broadcasting is at the threshold of digitization but we are happy to see enthusiasts who want to remember and commemorate the history of Polish radio communication. We are pleased that Emitel, whose history is more than half a century long, was able to contribute to the construction of the Transatlantic Radio Station Science Center and Museum,” said Maciej Staszak, the Vice President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

Until the museum is built, the equipment donated by Emitel will be stored at the Warsaw University of Technology where it will serve as a teaching aid for students and young scientists.