– To say that every election campaign is a festival of promises would be a truism. However, in our Polish reality every campaign is certainly a good time for various pressure groups. They can force politicians to make declarations which will be a convenient tool to threaten decision makers, even if they will not be put into practice – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
According to Malinowski, one only has to look up the demands of the biggest trade unions made in the course of the presidential election. Something for everybody – starting with fixing the Labour Code, through withdrawing the pension reform, to ideas that can only be described as efforts to turn back time. – How else can you call the demand for long-closed factories to be rebuilt or the urge cy? to ignore the EU climate policy? – asks the President of Employers of Poland.
He also points out that these pressure groups have a tendency to ignore facts, some of which simply cannot be ignored. As an example he presents the case of the Szczecin Industry Park, established at the now closed New Szczecin Shipyard. The Park’s success is predominantly the an achievement of the Silesia Financial Group – a state-owned company which is more concerned with saving Polish companies than with publicity.
– There is no return and there can be no return to the situation of many years ago. Not only due to EU regulations. Companies such as the Szczecin Shipyard of many years ago simply cannot survive in today’s Europe – Malinowski assesses.
The President of Employers of Poland reminds that the Szczecin Industry Park is not an anomaly. There are more such cases, on a varying scale, all over Poland. According to him, that is what deserves attention, rather than wishful thinking about rebuilding huge factories of the past.
– The idea that Poland should be reindustrialized is quite on point. But the reconstruction of our industry cannot consist in rebuilding massive tycoons form the days of socialism which would slowly die on the free market – concludes Malinowski.