16 Oct 10th anniversary of the Sectoral Social dialogue in the chemical Industry
10th anniversary of the Sectoral Social dialogue in the chemical Industry16/10/15
The conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Social Dialogue (SD) between European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and industriAll Europe Trade Union- European Sectoral Social Partners- took place in Helsinki at European Chemical’s Agency, ECHA’s premises on 14 October 2015.
Helsinki has a symbolic meaning for social partners since the first Social Dialogue conference was hosted here exactly 10 years ago.
The participants were greeted by Geert Dancet- the Executive director of ECHA- who updated participants on the latest ECHA activities, in particular on upcoming 2018 REACH deadline and emphasized the need to cooperate more actively with each other to make the REACH legislation more accessible both for SMEs and downstream users. Moreover, he showed recently published “Substance infocards” that were produced for that matter: http://echa.europa.eu/information-on-chemicals.
Both the Director General of the Chemical Industry Federation, Timo Leppä and the Director of industrial sector and Trade Union Pro, Markku Palokangas gave a welcoming speech and underlined the importance of the social dialogue on the European level.
While referring to the achievements and challenges of the Social Dialogue the president of industriAll Europe TU and chairman of the IGBCE, Michael Vassiliadis emphasized three important pillars for the successful social dialogue: trust among social partners, competence and leadership.
ECEG’s Steering Committee vice-president, Simon Marsh while addressing the audience on behalf of ECEG’s president, Stephen Elliott talked about upcoming COP 21 meeting in Paris and referred to two already issued papers on energy policy and ETS by social partners in 2012 and 2013. He informed the audience on social partners’ joint position on energy and climate policy to be issued in November 2015.
While touching upon challenges and opportunities in the future, both speakers referred to Industry 4.0/smart manufacturing in the face of digitalization and social partners’ active involvement in chemical industry’s adaptation to new challenges both for employers and employees.
The Social Partners for the European Chemical Sector renewed their commitment towards competitiveness and job growth in the European chemical industry in the framework of the Roadmap of actions 2015-2020, which includes five priorities: competitiveness, health and safety, employment, education and the Framework Agreement on Competence Profiles.
The social partners signed in Helsinki: