On September 16th, Jerzy Nowak, co-founder of the Confederation of Polish Employers (now known as Employers of Poland), representative of Employers of Poland in the International Labour Organization in Geneva in 1962-1991. He played a fundamental role in process of activating and unifying Polish employers.
In the autumn of 1988, thanks to the efforts of the management of the Polish Chamber of Foreign Trade and its regional departments a meeting of over a hundred directors of state-owned companies, owners of private enterprises and cooperatives was organized. The participants unanimously passed the motion establishing an employers’ organization with full right autonomous activity. Despite concerns, representatives of the authorities did not oppose. The association was registered in January 1989 and soon had over 3000 members.
In March 1989, the management of the Association of Polish Employers together with seven new employers’ organization and the Central Crafts Association started talks on uniting as the Confederation of Polish Employers. As is the case in many capitalist countries, one of its most important objectives was to influence the economic development of the country. Jerzy Nowak played a key role in unifying these organizations as the chairman of the Association of Polish Employers since November 1989.
The unification was finalized in October 1989. Jerzy Nowak explained the need for a single, strong employers’ organization in these words: – A new, democratic Poland has to have an independent employers’ organization, which will facilitate the transition from socialist to market economy. However, it has to be an association created by new people, not involved with old elites.
The National Convention of Employers’ Organizations, which officially established the Confederation of Polish Employers, took place in the Palace of the Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology on November 24-25th 1989. Jerzy Nowak was elected Deputy Chairman of the newly-formed institution.