New Social Dialogue Council members appointed

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Polish President Andrzej Duda appointed new government delegates on Wednesday to the Social Dialogue Council, a 2015-formed cooperation platform between unions, employers and the government.

The new council members are Deputy PM and Development, Labour and Technology Minister Jaroslaw Gowin, Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski and Deputy Development, Labour and Technology Minister Olga Semeniuk.

At the nomination, Duda said dialogue was the best way to shape state policy in a way that truly responds to social needs, and said that this was the chief aim of the Social Dialogue Council.

Referring to the currently resurging COVID-19 epidemic, Duda said government decisions regarding safety measures needed prior consultation by the council, whose union and employer parties could advise on their adequateness for public life and the economy.

Duda highlighted the significance of social dialogue under the epidemic, saying that "when you have to make fast, often radical decisions (...), you need to put special emphasis on social dialogue."

Duda said the new appointments to the council were the result of a recent government reshuffle, and announced the probable accession of a new member - the Polish Employers' Forum - in the near future.

The Social Dialogue Council was formed on August 27, 2015, to replace an earlier Trilateral Commission for Social and Economic Affairs.