President Bronislaw Komorowski signed the law on the Council of Social Dialogue, which will replace the Tripartite Commission. The new regulations will come into force in two weeks, which means that the Council of Social Dialogue will be appointed by the new president – Andrzej Duda, and will be able to start work after the holidays.
– It is a wise and good compromise. We managed to achieve it thanks to the cooperation of employers' organizations and trade unions. It now remains for me to wish the dialogue broken two years ago will move forward – said Bronisław Komorowski.
Władyslaw Kosiniak- Kamysz, Minister of Labour, stressed that the new rules are a success for employers and unions. He also hopes social partners will return to the table soon.
The new law creates a chance to break the institutional impasse in tripartite dialogue in Poland.
Date of adoption of the Law on the Council for Social Dialogue also has a symbolic meaning – two years ago dialogue through the Tripartite Commission for Socio-Economic Affairs was ceased. Its absence is detrimental not only to the state but also for the citizens.
The aim of the new law is to increase the impact of the social partners on the legislative process. They will gain the right to draw up bills together, which will be obligatorily considered by the government as well as the possibility to apply to the Supreme Court in the case of regulations questionable interpretation. In contrast, the Social Dialogue Council itself is to have greater independence, as evidenced by the fact that its president is no longer the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. The office of Chairman is to be rotating, and members of the Board shall be appointed by the President of Poland. The need for these changes stems from the experience of over 20 years of the Tripartite Commission for Socio-Economic Affairs and thanks to it, our legal regulation becomes one of the most innovative in Europe.
– I hope that the Council for Social Dialogue, together with the trade unions will get down to work already in September. Many of the problems of socio-economic demands demand our urgent intervention – says Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of Poland. He mentioned changes in the collective labour, public procurement law, and health care issues. – All these issues should be resolved in a spirit of dialogue, just within the new body. We are facing many challenges, but I hope that together we can manage – added Andrzej Malinowski.