Senate passed two amendments to the act on the Social Dialog Council and other social dialog institutions. The discussion proves that dialog requires compromise. Sadly, not all social partners are capable of it – some are willing to let the achievements of two years of cooperation go to waste in the name of their particular interests.
– The passing of the act by the Senate is a great success of social partners, including Employers of Poland. It is a pity that not everybody appreciates it. This does not bode well for social dialog – says Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland.
While proceeding the act at a plenary session, the senators have expressed their appreciation for the work done by social partners and the agreement they had met in this regard. They had a couple of technical amendments which were passed.
However, the amendment stating that a representative employers’ organization is required to have among members regional associations in at least half the voivodeships has been refused. It was a suggestion made by Business Centre Club – a suggestion which has been rejected during initial negotiations. Thus, in Senate other employers’ organizations were critical of it and emphasized that everyone was slightly dissatisfied, as not all suggestions were accepted, but that they were aware that this is what compromise entails – and the act is surely a result of a compromise.
The amendments in Senate will delay the coming of the act into force somewhat, as these amendments now have to be proceeded by Sejm members. It will most likely happen at the next sitting, on July 22-23. The vacatio legis period will be 14 days and the Council might start working this September. We lost a lot of time which could have been devoted to solving socioeconomic issues. Now, in the Social Dialog Council, together with trade unions, we have to get to work!