Annika Elias, ordförande Ledarna och CEC, deltar den 24 oktober i ett europeiskt toppmöte i den sociala dialogen. Läs hennes tal här!
Det sociala trepartstoppmötet ska säkerställa en social dialog mellan EUs institutioner, arbetsgivarnas representanter och arbetstagarna, och bidra till en effektiv social dialog för att utforma och förverkliga EUs ekonomiska och sociala politik. På agendan ligger teman som rör alla ekonomiska sektorer och arbetstagarna i EU.
Mötet samlar företrädare för det sittande ordförandelandet och de nästkommande, kommissionen och arbetsmarkandens parter som är fördelade på två delegationer med representanter för institutionerna och för arbetsgivarna. Särskilt fokus kommer denna gång att läggas på tillväxt och sysselsättning.
Toppmötena äger rum en gång om året. CEC och Eurocadres turas om att representera chefssektorn.
Annikas Elias tal:
My name is Annika Elias. I represent the managers of Europe in the social dialogue through the liaison Committee between Eurocadres and CEC-European Managers.
The European Union has to concern its people in a more direct way. It cannot only be about finance, economy and technical directives.
Work is important to everyone. Most people spend a lot of their lives at the workplace – and even more would like to do so, without being given the opportunity to. Social partners and the people they represent live in the real world. Social dialogue is a necessary and useful tool to make policymaking in the field of employment, social and economic affairs relevant, effective and uniting.
Together the social partners represent a vast majority of the citizens of the EU. By bringing our differences to the table and work towards a genuine compromise we ensure that the result of the dialogue will be uniting and not add to the conflicts that threatens the very base of society. In order to strengthen the unique values of the Union it is fundamental to develop the social dialogue and let it play a larger role in the future. For this reason we welcome the message delivered by the EC in its recent communications on the social dimension of EMU.
But a true dialogue needs many voices. As a representative of the European managerial workforce, I know how important the role of the managers is.
They bring a different perspective by being employees, who at the same time through their position in the companies often share or are able to see the perspective of the employers. In this way the managers can be a bridge between employers and employees in the social dialogue, as well as in the workplace and in society.
And the voice of the manager is also important because when the result of the social dialogue, the directives and agreements or codes of conduct, will be put in place in the workplace, it is the manager who has to actually do it. Managers who succeed in motivating co-workers and create means for people to perform to the best of their abilities are one of the keys to increased growth and stability in Europe.
I come from a country, Sweden, where the social dialogue has served us well for many years. It is built on a mutual trust that is of course easier to reach in a small homogenous country than in the vast European Union.
But still, I am convinced that the unique political and social model of integration through peace and the rule of law that Europe represents, needs to be developed further in order to be preserved. The social dialogue is, with all its flaws, the best instrument at our disposal.