INTERVETION OF MR. ZDZISŁAW ŚLADOWSKI,
101st SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE
7th JUNE 2012
Mr Director General
Ladies & Gentlemen,
1.It is a privilege for me to address this 101st Session of the International Labour Conference in my own name and on behalf of the Associations of Employers of Poland. I would like to express my satisfaction, that this Conference is focusing its activity on the wide spectrum of important issues, both strategic objectives of fundamental principles and rights at work, the social protection floor, as well as the youth employment crisis on labour markets. Nevertheless, we paid great attention to the particularly important Report of the Director General – “ILO Programme Implementation 2010-2011” addressed to the delegates - all actors of the real economy - of the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference.
2.The report is detailed, provides an analytic context and comprices extensive information and level of results on ILO involvement in implementing and achieving strategic targets and outcomes set by the Organization for 2010-2011, the years have been difficult for the world of work due to the current global economic situation. We welcome the comments of the Director General on challenges and implications for the future and we stress the importance of the ILO, as the international organization with a mandate that focuses on the world of work and on tripartism as the best way of seeking fair solutions and social agreements. We fully share the concerns expressed because of global crisis and the conclusions especially for Europe placed in the Director General Report, related to the results of implementation of ILO objectives in member States, which are contained in fundamental documents - Decent Work Agenda, Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization and Global Jobs Pact.
3.In the context of the report of the Director General and his assessment of the crisis I am glad to say that Poland copes with economy rise very well in relation to others European countries. It is confirmed by 4,3 per cent growth of GDP in last year and 3,5 per cent growth in first quarter of this year. This is an exceptionally good Polish position compared to the recession in the euro zone. However, we are afraid of turbulence in our market, if the economic situation of Greece will not stabilize.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
4.We have read with interest the ILO report entitled The youth employment crisis. It is really ILO alarm in this matter. Report shows: never in the history of research in the world, there were not so many young unemployed. In relation to my country, Poland, I would like to say that generally unemployment rate is over 13 per cent, but among young Poles now reaches a record - almost 30 per cent. More than a third of the unemployed are graduated from high schools. Employers of Poland think, that one of the main problem in this matter is the education system. Young people in certain fields of study do not have the qualifications and marketable skills. We hope that this will be better in nearest future. Firstly, the government created the legal framework to form programs of study by employers together with universities and order training of the necessary specialists. Secondly, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy will begin piloting a new program with the task of activating labour market for young people. Namely, a special financial bonus for 6 month for the employers who hire young people, vouchers for worker training and subsidies for rent a flat.
5. Finally, I want to say you about the situation of bilateral and tripartite dialogue in Poland. In our opinion, social dialogue limps, it has different faces. Industry dialogue, two-sided at the enterprise level is still better than at the central level in the Tripartite Commission between government and social partners. We want to continue and develop a dialogue, especially now during an economic downturn and the risk of a second wave of crisis - the dis-ruption in the euro zone. We propose new forms of dialogue for employees - generally speaking - representatives of social organizations, both trade unions, works councils, not-government organisations and also non-members employees. Positive cooperation between business and social organizations in the field of Social Corporate Responsibility can create new, essential for both parties values. The first convention of employers and employees is being prepared in this matter.
6. At the end, I want to stress that all of the discussions, conclusions and recommendations coming out of this Conference will serve as important arguments for all delegations, so that any future work for, both fundamental principles and rights at work, the social protection floor, as well as for the youth employment will take into account an action.
Thank you for your attention.