Polish writer Antoni Słonimski stated that when a wise man starts to speak one cannot predict how he will conclude it, but when a fool does, it is immediately clear what his point will be. I would like to wish you many opportunities to talk to each other and not only to say what you want to say, but also to listen to others – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
He wishes the same to the three parties engaged in social dialog in Poland: employers, trade unions and the government. – Just to be clear, far be it from me to wish unanimity. I have noticed that the more confrontational the Polish public sphere, the more fashionable it is to grumbly about the fact that everybody is arguing and that there is no united voice. I am not quite sure that this is what I want. I remember the days when everybody spoke in one voice and it was not an interesting experience – he adds.
– For social dialog to be efficient, all three parties have to both speak and listen. Therefore, I would like to wish you that you speak and listen: the best place for this is the Social Dialog Council, not the street – Malinowski emphasizes.
In his opinion it is particularly important that the topics discussed at the Council meetings has a tangible impact on reality. He also expresses hope that social partners will not let this space for dialog be destroyed and will not destroy it themselves – and destroy it they can, if they negotiate in secrecy and in a bipartite – rather than tripartite – manner.
– I would like to wish you, dear partners, that we may respect each other. Let the unions remember that they are not dealing with a gang of bloodsuckers, but with people who are aware of the positive impact of treating employees well on the growth of companies. Let the government acknowledge the fact that Polish entrepreneurs and managers is neither a bandit nor a scammer, but a very useful contributor to public and economic life. We are all in this together. If we do not get along, we will not get far. I would like to wish you and myself for the atmosphere of the new year to give us energy and inspire us to talk openly and honestly – concludes Andrzej Malinowski.