KSN - The National Science Section
The Independent, Self Governing Trade Union "Solidarność" (NSZZ "Solidarność") was established as a result of Polish workers' protests in 1980.
In 1991, the name of the National Science Section (Krajowa Sekcja Nauki - KSN) was adopted according to decision of the Trade Union "Solidarność" to set in order its structures.
The organizational structure concerning science was introduced at the time of the very beginning of creating the Trade Union "Solidarność" in 1980.
In the eighties, activities of the Section were performed under the name of National Coordinating Commission of Science (Ogólnopolska Komisja Porozumiewawcza Nauki - OKPN).
At present, the National Science Section (KSN) is included in the sectoral structure of the Trade Union "Solidarność".
The National Science Section (KSN) together with three other National Sections i.e.: the Educational Section; the Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism Section and the Polish Academy of Science Section are part of the Secretariat of Science and Education "Solidarność" (Sekretariat Nauki i Oświaty NSZZ "Solidarność").
In 1993, the KSN became a founding member of Education International (EI), the world largest organization of teachers and other education employees, established by merging of the International Federation of Free Teachers' Unions (IFFTU) and the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP).
Education International (EI) is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), has formal associate relations with UNESCO and consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and also closely cooperates with the Global Union Federations (GUFs).
EI is a global union federation of teachers' trade unions, bringing together more than 400 national trade union organizations in about 170 countries and territories, representing over 30 million education employees from pre-school to university, what makes it the world's largest sectoral global union federation. Its headquarters is in Brussels.
The KSN is affiliated with the Union Network International, the UNI Global Union, the UNI-IBITS - the Professional Sector comprising industry, business and information technology employees and also cooperates with the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff - EUROCADRES.