Social dialog In Poland is much like drinking excellent wine. It is extraordinary, it has developed over the years, it can really give us a lot. But how do you make everyone appreciate its qualities? – asks President of Employers of Poland in his column for “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Not everyone can afford such a wine, which makes it all the more difficult to understand those who can get it, but do not take this opportunity. The situation of social dialog is similar – we can and should use the opportunities it provides – he remarks.
The President of Employers of Poland reminds that 25 years ago, three act regulating it were passed. On the one hand they were concerned with employers’ organizations and trade unions, on the other had they regulated collective bargaining: the most important issue in relations between the two. – I would go so far as to say that even though these acts are not remembered as commonly as the end of censorship, the legalization of trade unions or privatization, they were equally important and were thoroughly prepared back then – he assesses.
– I am under the impression that both sides understood very well that dialog, whatever form it may take, has to meet two basic conditions: it has to be conducted prior to, rather than after making a decision, and both parties have to be willing to reach an agreement. It looked like the third party – the state, and the government in particular – had also learned to appreciate the value of dialog. Sadly, now it seems that the pupil has not been as willing to learn as initially thought – he adds.
Malinowski is disappointed that a quarter of a century was not enough for the decision makers to understand that achievements such as the agreement on the minimum per hour wage or on in-house procurements, were possible only thanks to dialog and that the state cannot afford to undermine the role of social consultations.
– The recently drafted amendments to the Trade Union Act will be a good indicator of whether the state appreciates social dialog. They are intended to provide more protection for employees on contracts of order, but at the same time include many very controversial changes, with some of them met with objections of possible unconstitutionality. Would it not be better if employers and employees first sat at a table together as part of the so-called autonomous dialog and reached an agreement? What should I wish Polish social dialog for its twenty-fifth anniversary? For everyone to appreciate it. Not only in thoughts and world, but in deeds as well – concludes the President of Employers of Poland.