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Thanks for St. Barbara's Day wishes

9 December 2021

The Miners' Day celebrations, as every year, were an opportunity to extend best wishes to the employees of the Mining Authorities.

In the wishes which the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, expressed to the miners we read, among other things:

"On the occasion of St. Barbara's Day, a beautiful miner's holiday that is very important for our entire national community, I extend my sincere wishes for the well-being of all workers in the Polish mining industry and the services that support miners. On behalf of the Republic of Poland, on behalf of my compatriots, I express my great respect and thanks to you for your difficult and much needed work, without which the Polish economy could not function and the peaceful and safe life of Poles would not be possible. (...) From the bottom of my heart I wish the entire mining fraternity - miners working in hard coal and lignite, copper and silver, oil and gas, rock salt and many other valuable resources as well as rescue services and mining supervision - safe, peaceful work, health and success in life. May happiness and prosperity reign in your families, may your plans and ambitions come true, and may the future bring good days."

In turn, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin in a letter addressed to the President of the State Mining Authority writes:

"For generations, the day of commemoration of St. Barbara has been the most important day of the year for every worker in the mining industry. St. Barbara's Day is a special moment of joy in one's work, in the hardships overcome and in solidarity with one another. Today, the thoughts of all Poles are with those who each day perform their duties risking their lives. On 4 December we also remember those who have paid the ultimate price for their sacrificial work. They are no longer with us, they have gone off to their eternal guard, but they will always remain in our hearts as a symbol of sacrifice for others.

In a special way, I would like to express my appreciation to all those doing their work in the Mining Offices. They have been carrying out their mission for over ninety years, always acting in the interest of the welfare and protection of workers in Polish mines. With your expert knowledge, you contribute to improving safety and working conditions in mining plants and to protecting the environment. Today, the only word that comes to mind is - thank you. Thank you for your effort, your commitment and your dedication. For courage and wisdom. For cultivating the miner's work and life ethos, cultivating traditions going back many centuries and passing it on from generation to generation. Celebrating the patron saint of miners is a good time to thank your loved ones. They understand the burden of the work, they are caring, patient and, despite the fear that accompanies them every day, courageous.

May the St Barbara celebrations be a moment of rest and joy. I wish you happiness, health and satisfaction in this important mission. I also wish you peace of mind and family happiness. May Saint Barbara, your patron saint and protector of those working in difficult and dangerous conditions, continually takes care of you.”

Greetings on the occasion of St Barbara's Day 2021 were also sent to the President of the State Mining Authority by, among others: Members of Parliament, the President of the Social Insurance Institution, mayors of cities, rectors and deans of faculties from the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Silesian University of Technology and Wrocław University of Technology, representatives of ministries, development agencies, health services, trade unions, mines, rescue services, research and development centres, the ombudsman, as well as plants and institutions not related to the mining industry.

We would like to thank you for all your good wishes and congratulations, and we believe that in 2022 nothing will prevent us from organising festive celebrations of St Barbara's Day in accordance with the long-standing mining tradition.

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