Employers, trade unions and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy have elaborated the final version of the draft of the act on the Social Dialog Council and other institutions of social dialog. The Tripartite Commission for Socioeconomic Affairs will be substituted by the Social Dialog Council, which will also have regional divisions in voivodeships, working with marshals rather than voivodes, as is the case now.
The project aims to strengthen the prerogatives of social partners. With a view to that, the draft includes a mechanism of common legislation projects prepared by employers and unions within the framework of the Council, which would then have to be examined by the Council of Ministers Another important right granted to social partners is the right ask the Supreme Court for interpretations of dubious regulations.
The Council would also be more independent than the Commission. Members would be appointed by the President and the chairperson’s post would be rotational, with annual changes between representatives of all three parties. The Council’s organizational and technical aspect would be handled by a separate bureau, led by a director appointed by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy in response to a motion by at least two parties. Another objective of the act is to ensure greater transparency of the new organ – its meetings would not be classified and the chairperson would have to present an annual report before the Sejm.
What is more, the draft includes changes with regards to the representativeness of employers’ organizations, such as a.o. the requirement of having regional, supra-branch organizations with seats in at least half the voivodeships among members.
The draft will be health with by the Council of Ministers in April and will likely get to Sejm in May. It may come into force relatively quickly, as it has a vacatio legis period of only 14 days.