Michael Pollek

Born: 24th February 1954

Reading, UK

Date of interview: 13th July 2006

Map showing where Michael Pollek came from

Ok. And what about your experiences while you were still working within the trade union itself, when you were still employed?

It was just a standard, nothing at all to do with my background as a Ukrainian, it was just me being an ordinary guy working in an ordinary environment defending people from a lay position, disciplinaries that sort of thing. Of course now, as a union official, I play a much bigger role in that and part of my duties now, my Ukrainian background is helping 'cos its not just about Ukrainians, I'm able to help Polish people, a lot because Polish and Ukrainian's very similar, the language, so we can communicate. So I'm helping Poles to try and integrate and actually helping them not become the new abused.