Miner's Day celebrations
Miner's Day celebrations at Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka have come to an end. For two days, nearly 270 people were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals of the President of the Republic of Poland for long service, 17 mining ranks were conferred, 80 honorary mining swords and daggers, and 5 pickaxes were presented.
Due to the significant number of people the company wanted to recognize, the celebration of the most important mining holiday was divided into two days. The second day began with a ceremonial mass at St. Barbara's Church in Łęczna, presided over by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lublin Stanisław Budzik. After the mass, the rest of the event was held in Bogdanka's pithead. Among the invited guests at the ceremony were Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek, Head of the Cabinet of Jarosław Kaczyński Michał Moskal, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance Artur Soboń, Lubelskie Voivode Lech Sprawka, President of the Management Board of Enea Paweł Majewski and Piotr Duda, chairman of the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarność.”
We are aware that, especially in the current geopolitical situation, our coal is essential for the Polish economy. And it is on its mining and delivery to our customers that we focus first and foremost. With a sense of courage and faith we look to the future, although this future, due to the climate policy of the European Union aimed at decarbonization, does not seem friendly. Nevertheless, we have the fight for our rights and for Bogdanka written in our genes. We have prepared programs and action plans for the future which will contribute to the further development of the mine.
said acting President of the Management Board Artur Wasilewski, who at the beginning of his speech asked for a minute's silence in memory of miners from Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa and a miner from our mine who passed away this year for the eternal shift.
On the occasion of Miner’s Day, the employees of Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka received wishes from the Speaker of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek:
Bogdanka has for many years enjoyed a reputation as one of the most modern and still developing mines in Poland. Huge credit is due to good management, execution of bold, modern projects and implementation of new technologies, but most of all to efficient work. On this solemn occasion, I extend my appreciation to the governing bodies and all employees of Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka for their commitment and top-class professionalism. To the miners, I convey my heartfelt words of gratitude for their daily toil, sacrifice, and dangerous and hard work.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin wrote in his letter:
On this year's Miner’s Day, I wish all miners happiness, professional success and satisfaction with their tasks. May St. Barbara continually surround you with protection, providing a sense of security. May St. Barbara festivities be a moment of rest and joy for the Mining Brotherhood. With a miner's greeting God bless!
The words addressed to the Bogdanka miners from Jarosław Kaczyński were read by the Head of his Cabinet, Michał Moskal:
On your Holiday, bowing to the dangerous daily mining toil, I would like to thank the “Bogdanka” community from the bottom of my heart for your daily hard and dedicated work, for your very responsible service at the mining post. You are at the forefront of the market of hard coal producers in Poland, and thanks to you, this priceless raw material goes to business customers, primarily in the power sector.
He also from himself wished our employees mining luck and the protection of St. Barbara.
Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek said:
In Bogdanka, for 40 years there have been both great crises and huge challenges, and years of great success, maximum mining production and record employment. I wish you and your families respite and relaxation. May St. Barbara watch over you. God bless! Every year on 4th December we celebrate the Miner’s Day. It unites all workers in the mining industry. The miners’ holiday is celebrated on the day of St. Barbara, the patron saint of hard work.
In his speech, Artur Soboń stressed that the work of miners, like those in Bogdanka, is still not only very hard, but also extremely dangerous, work.
It is with great humility that we all look at what you are doing, because in this way you are serving Poland well. On this day, I wish you that Saint Barbara always take care of all miners.
The letter from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was read by the Lubelskie Voivode Lech Sprawka:
Lubelski Węgiel LW Bogdanka S.A., as a leading hard coal producer in Poland that stands apart from its peers in terms of its modern and efficient mining, has joined the process. Thank you for what you are doing for the Lublin region and for Poland.
Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. is a leading hard coal producer in Poland that stands apart from its peers in terms of its modern and efficient mining. It is one of the largest Polish hard coal mines. Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. chiefly conducts mining operations in terms of hard coal extraction, enrichment and sales. It supplies this raw material mainly to industrial offtakers. Supply contracts are long-term, and the product is sold to the commercial power sector and the industrial power sector.
The company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since June of 2009. In August 2022, Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A. returned to listing on the WIG-ESG Index.
Since October of 2015 Bogdanka has been a member of the Enea Group, the second largest player on Poland’s electrical power market in terms of the generation of electricity, which manages the entire value chain on the electricity market ranging from fuel to the generation of electricity, distribution, sales (supply) and customer service.