– Dialog is one of the foundations of state and society – stressed President Bronisław Komorowski when opening a meeting on the state of works on the new formula of social dialogue in Poland. –There is a clear will and need to conclude the works as quickly as possible, both on the part of the unions and the employers – said secretary of state at the Chancellery of the President of Poland irena Wóycicka.
President Bronisław Komorowski met in the Presidential Palace with the minister of Labour and Social Policy representatives of trade unions and employers’ organizations. The meeting was attended by Andrzej Malinowski, president of Employers of Poland; Henryka Bochniarz, Chairwoman of Lewiatan; Jerzy Bartnik, Chairman of the Polish Craft Association; Piotr Duda, Chairman of NSZZ “Solidarność”; Jan Guz, Chairman of OPZZ; Tadeusz Chwałka, Chairm of the Trade Union Forum and Marek Goliszewski, Chairman of BCC. Deputy Chief of the Chancellery Sławomir Rybicki and minister Irena Wóycicka also participated.
The meeting was devoted to the hard – as Bronisław Komorowski assessed – work on rebuilding the social dialog system. The president reminded that a meeting of a similar group took place over a year ago, when the social dialog mechanism was suspended as a result of the decision made by trade unions who did not want to participate in the works of the Tripartite Commission.
– Back then, we met to look for a way out of the situation we found ourselves in. I would like to cordially thank you for your efforts as today, we will hear opinions about the effects of work based on the trade union act, an act which is discussed with employers – said Komorowski. In his opinion, the result of the meeting could have been decisive for the reinstatement of tripartite dialog.
Underlining the importance of social dialog, the President touched on the negotiations between the Ministry of health and doctors. – I think that we may express satisfaction that a compromise has been reached. I would like to congratulate the minister and both negotiating parties – said Bronisław Komorowski.
At a briefing after the meeting concluded Irena Wóycicka announced that there was a clear will and need to conclude the works on the new formula of social dialog as quickly as possible, both on the part of the unions and the employers.
– We have reached agreement on 80 percent of issues which pertain to both parties – stressed Andrzej Malinowski. – Both parties assume that a comprise in the remaining areas will be reached by the end of January – added minister Wóycicka.
Irena Wóycicka also announced that Minister of Labour and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, on behalf of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, invited employers organizations and unions to a meeting next week.
The minister stressed that a property functioning social dialog was is needed for economy, society and state to work well. – For this reason, the President has been working on overcoming the impasse in social dialog for more than a year – she said.
– We are not the only ones who wish that President Bronisław Komorowski could sign the social dialog act in this term. I am an optimist when it comes to that – added Andrzej Malinowski.