Can you extend a hand to someone and at the same time spit in his face? Sadly, yes – as the trade unions have proven, not for the first time – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– When President Duda appointed the Social Dialog Council, an institution including a.o. employers, the unions and ministers, I was under the impression that this is how dialog should look like. I was also under the impression that “Solidarność”, the organization whose chairman Piotr Duda has been elected chairman of the Council would take particular care to ensure that this is in fact the case – writes Malinowski.
However, he also reminds that literally simultaneously, Piotr Duda’s colleague, Dominik Kolorz, director of the śląsko-dąbrowskie region of “Solidarność” organized yet another quarrel at the Sejm and the Prime Minister’s Chancellery.
– I have two say that I know two kinds of dialog. One of quit widely accepted. According to the PWN dictionary it is “an exchange of opinions, thoughts, views and arguments, the objective of which is to get to know the truth or to present it to someone, create an interpersonal bond or a space for common action” – the President of Employers of Poland points out. – By contrast, dialog a la Kolorz, is distinguished by profanity, threats, firecrackers and the smoke of burning tyres – he adds.
– The place for the former kind of dialog – the one aimed at agreeing on mutually accepted solutions while taking the interest of diverse parties into account – is the Social Dialog Council. The place for the latter kind of dialog is in the streets, where Mr Kolorz’s army is now running riot (thankfully, not a big army – at the Sejm, there were only 500 people of the initially announced 15 000) – he emphasizes.
– I am a little surprised with Piotr Duda – who is considered a strong leader. He took his place at the negotiating table and, what is more, is soon to appointed a chairman of the Social Dialog Council, while his subordinate riots in the street. I can only hope – as hope dies last – that this street happening of the mining industry trade unions was only an attempt to encourage members of the Council to be swift and effective – Malinowski concludes.