The European Economic and Social Council (EESC) presented a report on develoments in the social economy sector on the continent.
One of the issues presented in the report regards legal changes that allowed public institutions to use procurement of goods and services to support the fight against social exclusion.
We argue for putting GPP (Green Public Procurement) criteria in the planned Warsaw Housing Standard.
Such a move will enable a wider rollout of public tenders that are good for the environment and at the same time make the comfort of living in public housing higher.
The Commissioner’s Office organised a conference on social clauses in public procurement on June 29th, 2017.
Adam Bodnar shared his experiences from his trips across Poland, during which he used goods and services provided by social enterprises, such as catering or hotels.
Will public authorities support their development?
A joint intervention of the Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement, NSZZ „Solidarność” and the Federation of Polish Employers resulted in ZUS checking tenders of their local and regional branches.
Its chair, Gertruda Uścińska, presented the results of the monitoring, after which a contract with one of the security companies has been cancelled in Płock.
In other cases it either did not notice any irregularities (Zielona Góra, Białystok, Suwałki) or it still is not finished (Poznań, Łódź, Wrocław, Opole).
The office in Gdańsk was the first to reply to a joint proposal of the Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement, NSZZ „Solidarność” and the Federation of Polish Employers that was sent to 16 RIOs.
Its purpose was to mobilize the offices to promote the requirement for hiring on work contracts people responsible for executing tenders of public institutions being controlled by RIO.
Haw can we sum up our work so far? Are there any trends visible in the last 12 months? What type of pro-worker ideas are easier to implement in procurement than others?
In November 2016 GIODO prepared an opinion, according to which the law does not permit public institutions to control the companies that won their tenders and the contracts that they signed with their employees.
According to the inspectorate such a situation violates their right to protect personal data.
We point out such problems when contacting (together with NSZZ „Solidarność” and the Federation of Polish Employers) authorities to give them „yellow cards” for forgetting about implementing social clauses.
The results were presented in a special report (in Polish) and during a conference on April 11th, 2017.
Grzegorz Piskalski represented the Institute for Sustainable Public Procurement during the event.
Together with NSZZ „Solidarność” trade union and the Federation of Polish Entrepreneurs (FPP) we send „yellow cards” to public intitutions forgetting about their responsibilities towards local communities.
Central and local authorities, as well as universities have a huge impact on working conditions in sectors such as cleaning or security.
There are still examples of them failing to have a positive role – luckily some of them decided to change their tenders and ie. guarantee permanent contracts instead of „junk jobs”.