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Changes in temporary work regulations in the Social Dialog Council


The working team of the Social Dialog Council for labour law expressed support for the direction of changes in the draft of amendments to regulations pertaining to temporary work. At the meeting on March 1st, issues related to the works of the Labour Law Codification Committee were also discussed.


The draft under discussion was prepared by the former government, but after modifications it will still be subject to legislation procedures. As announced, by Viceminister of Labour and Social Policy Stanisław Szwed, the final version of the draft, including solutions elaborated in agreement between employers’ organizations and trade unions, will be ready by the end of March.


All partners were in favour of suggested legal changes and agreed that pathologies of the temporary work market need addressing. The emphasized that standards of the temporary work agencies and the security of temporary employees have to be improved.


However, employers pointed out that some solutions suggested during the Temporary Work Round Table were not included in the draft in question. These solutions include a.o. the introduction of a register of temporary work agencies and bank guarantees, and are worth including in the draft, particularly as the unions are willing to support them. At the same time, the limit on the length of temporary work for one employer remains the most controversial issue. Employers presented a motion to prolong it from 18 to 24 months. Social partners agreed to continue working on a common position in the course of autonomous dialog. The Ministry of Labour, for its part, agreed to respect the position of social partners in this regard.


At the request of Employers of Poland, Viceminister Szwed presented legal issues related to the establishment of the Labour Code Codification Committee. The Committee itself will comprise 7 representatives of each social party (one representative for each organization) Each representative will be an expert in labour law. It would be chaired by a government representative, with a representative of social partners as his deputy.  The Committee would start work this September and function for 18 months. The objective is to prepare two drafts of the Labour Code – one individual and one collective. The basis of the Committee will be a regulation issued by the Prime Minister, which will be consulted with social partners at the forum of the working team for labour law.