INTERVENTION OF MR REMIGIUSZ HENCZEL
AMBASSADOR of the POLISH REPUBLIC to the UN in GENEVA
THE 103nd SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE 11TH JUNE 2014.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Each session of the International Labour Organization is of importance from the
perspective of the workers, employers and ministers of labour. It is also meaningful for
enhancing social dialogue at each level. I deeply believe that this conference may also become
momentous. This is because of the first in the history review and complement of the
fundamental convention. The conference will also focus on recommendation on transition
from informal to formal economy. A special procedure on implementing the amendments to
the Code to the Maritime Labour Convention shall be applied for the first time.
In my opinion, when observing the outcomes of international crisis, we should mainly
focus on employment, which - in the course of this session - shall be discussed in details both
in the Committee and during the plenary session.
The Government of the Republic of Poland supports the concept of sustainable labour
market development presented by the ILO. Poland is deeply aware of the need for
comprehensive approach to employment especially in the area of specifying the trouble spots
of the current policy. Poland supports and implements in practice the actions aiming at greater
inclusion of less favoured groups - in particular youth, women and 50+ employees. In this
context, the Government of the Republic of Poland recognizes the need to include the social
aid structures in the professional activation process.
Unemployment among young people remains definitely an unprecedented social issue.
Unemployment in this age category poses a threat of a ‘lost generation’ syndrome, resulting in
wasting human and social capital delivered by significant state expenses - e.g. in education.
Thus Poland, similarly to the other Member States, has drawn-up the ‘Youth Guarantee
Implementation Plan’ following the recommendations of the European Commission. This
paper, along with the provisions of the Act on promotion of employment and labour market
institutions, anticipates applying of the new instruments enabling shortening the duration of
young people unemployment to 4 months (from registration in the reemployment service).
The amended act stipulates application of innovative instruments, such as internship and
training bills as well as loan programme targeted on development of entrepreneurship among
Poland tackles youth unemployment in comprehensive manner. Innovative legal and
planning activities are delivered on the basis of partnership of multiple entities (strategic
partners): public employment services, and other public and collective partners. Supporting
and development of youth entrepreneurship and supporting Small and Medium Enterprises
development is one of the key actions.
In my opinion, social dialog is the key to solutions for the labour market. Thus, the role
of social partners in managing the funds from the Labour Fund as well as labour market
policy programming and monitoring has been increased. In addition, the Labour Market
Councils acquired the decision-making competences in the area of the National Training Fund
operation, allowing the social partners to decide on the allocation of funds for trainings for the
groups of employees, companies/sectors and regions in need in a greater degree than
I would like to express my deepest thanks to the Director General for his report ‘Fair
migration. Setting an ILO Agenda’, creating the opportunity to tripartite discussion on the key
issue of labour migration. We will all agree that the global crisis, resulting in among others a
pressure to reduce labour costs, may contribute to worsened condition of certain categories of
employees, including, in particular, the migrants. Therefore, ensuring by the target countries
the fair mobility conditions to the Polish practice in the area of migration adheres to the
provisions of the European Commission Communication The Global Approach to Migration
and Mobility. It should also be emphasized that both Polish labour law and the provisions of
the Act on promotion of employment and labour market institutions are of anti-discriminatory
Three ILO conventions are of primary significance for guaranteeing basic laws of
migrant workers. Increased employment, social dialogue development, in particular in context
of supporting public policy and promoting corporate social responsibility are the actions to
determine the directions to be followed by the governments and social partners. Only joint
efforts will allow us to find effective solutions of such strategic problems as unemployment,
demographic and environmental challenges as well as threats to democracy and sustainable
development. The ILO initiatives may act as the example of searching global solutions for
enhancing regional and national initiatives.
Although the social dialogue in Poland experiences some difficulties nowadays, we can
observe positive features in this regard, namely revival of autonomous dialogue between
social partners. Hopefully the talks on the future of dialogue will result in a consensus on a
new formula of social dialogue as well as will contribute to preparation of new provisions in
such matters as representativeness and collective bargaining.