– Let us try and establish dialog. We have a unique opportunity to do so – said PM Beata Szydło at the first session of the Social Dialog Council. On Monday, the Council convened for the first plenary session. Both PM Szydło and Chairman of the Council Piotr Duda were hopeful that the crisis of social dialog would be resolved. A delegation of Employers of Poland, led by President Andrzej Malinowski, was also present.
– The fact that we can express differing opinions is Poland’s great achievement. Today, we are trying to realize the program we have agreed on with the citizens in the course of the campaign – said PM Szydło. She also emphasized that all parties of social dialog are responsible for its outcome.
President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski reminded that representatives of entrepreneurs have participated in creating social dialog from the very beginning. He emphasized that his ambition is to use all the good practices and experiences acquired In social dialog thus far in the works of the Council. He also added that the parties of social dialog are faced with very serious problems and challenges, particularly with regards to economic growth and labour market.
President Malinowski stressed that good relations with employees are important for employers. As without them economic growth is impossible. In his conclusion he stated that in order to elaborate efficient solutions and continue good traditions of social dialog, all barriers and misunderstandings between the parties of social dialog have of be removed. According to him, the key issue is the clarity of regulations and the transparency of the parties’ mutual obligations. Addressing government representatives, Malinowski said that the Council may also have an important role to play in evaluating the impact of legislation. In his view, the lack of procedures for evaluating the results of changes in legislation is one of the main obstacles in cooperating with officials. He reiterated that he counts on the Council to elaborate efficient solutions for all parties involved in social dialog.
In his opening statement, Piotr Duda, Chairman of the Council and of NSZZ „Solidarność” said that the first plenary session is a new opening for dialog at a time when a new government commences its mission. He expressed hope that dialog would return to its appropriate course for the good of Polish employees and society as a whole.
The Council passed its first resolutions: on the number of representatives of employers’ organizations and trade unions, the order of rotating chairmanship, the establishment of permanent task forces and a special task force for public procurement.
Task forces include:
The Council formally established that the chairmanship will next be assumed by a representative of one of the employers’ organizations, with the government next in line. The situation of healthcare was also addressed with regards to a regulation on raises for nurses issued by the Minister of Health. Konstanty Radziwiłł said that in his view, proportional pricing of the work of medical professionals or other solutions, such as tariffication, should be considered.