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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-45/1631 – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 November 2020|
|Context||COVID-19, Green Transition, Digital Transformation|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||28 December 2020 (updated 29 September 2023)|
Following the ongoing second lock-down of the Polish economy in force since November, and subsequent deterioration of economic and social conditions, in particular related to effective closing down (or seriously reducing the scale of operations) in dozens of economic branches, Confederation Lewiatan, one of the central-level employer organisations seating on the national tripartite body, the Social Dialogue Councils, made a public appeal for launching negotiations with a view of concluding the national-level social pact that would address the major forthcoming economic and social challenges. Provided the plea would evoke positive response from the government (other social partners' would likely not object), the initiative could become a trigger for revitalisation of tripartite social dialogue, recently side-lined due to primarily unilateral state policies. Declaration issued by Jarosław Gowin, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of social dialogue on the governmental side could be read as a promising signal.
As one could read in the statement issued by Confederation Lewiatan, action in three areas seem crucial:
The Confederation Lewiatan further argues in the statement that "All these issues require an agreement between the government and social partners, and the best platform for this is the Social Dialogue Council".
None yet. No negotiations have begun.
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||Applies to all citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This is the idea formulated and forwarded by a social partner organisation.
Obviously, positive in the part of Confederation Lewiatan, whose initiative it is. As of other social partners, no official reactions have been recorded just yet.
Eurofound (2020), The idea of a national social pact re-emerges in the COVID-19 context, measure PL-2020-45/1631 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2020-45_1631.html
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