– Employers of Poland, Lewiatan, Business Centre Club, The Entrepreneurs and Employers Association (ZPP) – their voices are heard in public debate, their think tanks elaborate solutions discussed by politicians, they set the tone when it comes to labour market issues – not only in the context of their gains, but employee security as well – we read in an article entitled “Employers, the biggest trade union”.
The article states that the increasing importance of employers’ associations is also a result of the trade unions’ weakness. – Today, they appear to be in a situation comparable to that of dinosaurs five minutes before extinction. You can still here their grunts, occasionally they can be dangerous, but all evidence suggests that their era is coming to an end. Just to make it clear: it is a very worrying development, as it means that a balance in the social ecosystem has been disrupted, a balance which will take many years of hard work to regain – assesses the article.
“Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” sees the cause of this weakness in the fact that trade unions were established at a time when Polish economy was dominated by large, state-owned companies with thousands of employees on contracts of employment. Today, their place has been taken by small, private companies – over three fourths of Polish employees work there. Meanwhile, the public debate has been dominated by a narration, in which employees have been reduced to annoying moaners.
The paper draws attention to initiatives undertaken by employers’ organizations (Lewiatan organizes the European Forum for New Ideas, the Polish Economy Congress is the work of employers of Poland, as is the very important Polish-German Energy Summit in Berlin; BCC has a shadow cabinet, ZPP presents economic awards). These events are constructive and are positively received by politicians (which lends credibility to employers’ arguments), as well as by public opinion exhausted with the trade unions’ actions – seen as restricted to strikes, protests and demands.
“Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” quotes Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland: – Our organization is the only one in this country representing Polish business in B20, an international business forum elaborating recommendations for the wealthiest countries in the world, associated in the G20 group. We are also a member of the European Economic and Social Committee, and advisory organ to the most important EU institutions – says the President of Employers of Poland.