Quite recently it seemed that the decision makers, employers and unions would talk seriously. Not like in the infamous Tripartite Commission. Not for effect and to create a façade, but rather like grown-up, responsible people who want to solve a problem together. This is the objective of the Social Dialog Council. I still hope that it will be met and that the problems we are experiencing now are only temporary – Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
In his opinion not only the Council is at stake, but also the treatment of the representatives of employers and trade unions: whether the government only talks to them to improve its image and then does what it wants anyway.
– How do we talk now, though? We got the draft on the taxation of severance packages for chairmen of Treasury-owned companies on November 24th in the afternoon and have 30 days to comment on it. (…) We really appreciate the opportunity to voice our opinion on something that has already been decided. The point is not whether such a tax is just, appropriate or smart. It is a question of principles. It’s a shame, because this is the first draft of bill sent to us via the Council. Should it look like this? – asks the President of Employers of Poland.
In his view, the fact that last week, the Council was joined by ministers is reassuring, but will ultimately be of little importance, if the Council is not consulted on issues such as the lowering of pension age.
Malinowski points out that when adding new members, President Andrzej Duda yet again underlined the importance of this institution. However, in his opinion, thus far evidence that it is treated seriously is rather scarce. – What can we do now? – he asks.
There are many possibilities. The first is to establish priorities and solve the most pressing issues first. – I would like to remind that the government is legally obliged to present a list of the legislative and program activities of the Council of Ministers by January 20th. Believe me, employers will not overlook this deadline. The question is whether there will be anything left to be done by that time, as the government apparently intends to have everything fixed in the first weeks of its term? – Malinowski emphasizes.
– Another option is to stop sustaining a fiction and dissolve the Council (with an express draft, preferably written by MEPs). Let us turn off the light in the not yet fully furnished offices and go home. At least no one will blame us for creating a storm in a teacup – concludes the President of Employers of Poland.