Factory boss to be fired after joke about Polish presidential plane crash
PR dla Zagranicy
The head of a copper plant owned by Poland's state-run KGHM is to be fired after a joke at a staff party referring to the fatal 2010 crash of the Polish president’s plane.
The wreckage of the presidential plane in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The PAP news agency reported that Andrzej Szydło, the head of the Huta Miedzi plant in Głogów, southwestern Poland, is to lose his job after the Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily released a picture from the party showing women dressed as stewardesses.
The photograph showed them holding a model of a plane with a sign saying "TU POLEWAJ" (“pour here”).
The sign was a play on words referring to the presidential Tupolev Tu-154 plane that crashed at the Smolensk military airport in western Russia on 10 April 2010.
The crash killed then-President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and 94 others, many of them top government and military officials.
KGHM is one of the world's biggest copper producers. Its head, Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki, said that "the behavior of some of the participants in the [party] was a violation of fundamental ethical standards in our company... there will be far-reaching consequences for staff.”