Information and consultation of workers, anticipation and management of restructuring:
- extracts from the report Alejandro CERCAS (S&D, ES)
EPRef89849 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle //
Première transmission: 14/01/2013
European Parliament , Strasbourg
Fin de production: 14/01/2013
Extracts of debate including soundbites by EP rapporteur Alejandro CERCAS (S&D, ES) , European Commission and representatives of political groups
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||Cutaways in the Chamber (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by Alejandro CERCAS (S&D, ES), EP rapporteur, "The reports examines all the weaknesses in Europe and provides alternatives. The first weakness has been to leave companies alone to deal with these problems or to consider it a problem that involves only companies whereas it involves workers, authorities, countries as well as Europe. the second weakness is that we don't have European instruments and tools for problems that know no borders."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by Alejandro CERCAS (S&D, ES), EP rapporteur, "We are offering 14 recommendations that respect the independence of members states and subsidiarity but set out a minimum framework for company restructuring in the absence of a social pact. if this pact is not in existence in companies , we need to act to the European level."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by Alejandro CERCAS (S&D, ES), EP rapporteur, "We need to ensure that social dialogue is the key to restructuring. there are smart restructuring that are more socially responsible and that is something if we could achieve that to be more widespread , that would respond to a request from the general public. The Commission is to look at the 14 recommendation very carefully to ensure that they can come up with an effective legislative proposal. The Commission should also look, at ell the data available and choose how to best act."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commissioner László ANDOR in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, "For the third quarter of 2012 according to the latest data of the European restructuring Monitor. 274 restructuring cases were registered. these case amount to a net job loss of more 74000 thus showing a reverse situation compared to the pre crisis one."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commissioner László ANDOR in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, "But I can also mention Vice President Tajani's new initiative Entrepreneurship 2020 supporting new business in crucial phases of their life cycle and helping them grow. A specific initiative in sectors in difficulty and with major restructuring such as the automotive but also steel and ship building industries." ".
||SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commissioner László ANDOR in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, "Various EU funds can be used to better prepare and manage the restructuring processes and to help workers find new opportunities on the labor market. in particular the European Social Fund and the European Globalization adjustment Fund have a proven track record which shows that if used well they can make a real difference on the ground ".
||SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commissioner László ANDOR in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, "More than ever good anticipation of change, a responsible management of restructuring with the involvement of the social partners are crucial."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by Veronica LOPE FONTAGNÉ (EPP, SP)," there is no doubt that in many case restructuring can not be foreseen, it is the result of factors external to the company but we have to bear in mind that correct initial forecasting can actually help the company to avoid and minimize the negative repercussion that can be created particularly in terms of collective redundancy."
||SOUNDBITE (German) by Jutta STEINRUCK (S&D, DE),"It is also important for us to realise what a burden restructuring is for workers, and the regions where they work. There is no reason why where there should not be measure taken to soften the blow and that is why it is so useful for us to put forward solid European instruments, rules that would make future company restructuring less painful for the workers."
||SOUNDBITE (Slovenian) by Jelko KACIN (ALDE, SL)," Restructuring is a natural process within any economy even in the economy of Europe. We should not avoid restructuring, we should rather use it so that we can give a new impetus to the companies which have an outdated model ."
SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Marije CORNELISSEN (GREEN/EFA, NL),"Given the current crisis context, it is a real shame that there are not minimum rules for minimum rights for workers. practices are different in different member states and that seems to be something that has appeared in the past in some cases, workers seem to be something that can be disposed of , companies need to reinvent themselves to be competitive and they need to restructure for those purposes , for them to do that they need to have the support of their workers. we too are to ensure that general public and workers are on our side when we come up with theses minimum rules ."