In connection with work on the draft of the new Public Procurement Act Employers of Poland joined a coalition of the most important social partners.
According to Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of Poland, the agreement is an excellent example of how the activity of many public partners can improve an important part of the labour market in Poland.
We are convinced that mature work on the new law based on compromise meets the expectations of all social groups we represent – he said.
He stressed that the aim of the Employers of Poland is to create a fully effective law that will lead to a consistent increase in employment and improve the quality of services provided by contractors in the public sector.
Because of the value of the public procurement market the state has a very serious tool and should start to use it – he said.
In his opinion, eliminating the lowest price criterion from tenders (the main pathology of public procurement in Poland) will help it. A number of non-price criteria, including social and environmental clauses or the use of innovative solutions should be taken into account instead.
The Public Procurement Office presented a bill transposing EU directives into polish law. Poland is obliged to their full implementation before 18 April 2016. Social partners, including the Employers of Poland, made many mostly critical comments to it. Unfortunately, most of them have been ignored. The social partners therefore try to draw attention to the importance of public procurement in the Polish economic system. They want to protect not only the authorities and contractors, but also the contract workers.
Safety in the labour market, moving away from the lowest price, and employing salaried workers for performance of a contract – are the foundation worked out together by trade unions and employers' organizations. Work on the new public procurement law should be carried out in full respect of previously developed good standards. This is important for the whole economy. According to estimates by the PPO the value of public contracts awarded only in 2013 in Poland exceeded 143 billion zlotys. This generated hundreds of thousands of jobs.
All signatories to the agreement point out that a good reform of the public procurement law will greatly contribute to strengthening the socio-economic development of the Poland and stimulate the economic activity of Poles.
Employers of Poland