CEEMET represents the interests of employers’ organisations in the metal, engineering and technology-based industries from 18 European countries with a particular focus on social policy issues. Furthermore, CEEMET has established and is developing a network of contacts with employers’ organisations in the new EU Member States. Our member organisations currently represent around 200,000 companies, employing some 12 million people.
CEEMET acknowledges that the Commission’s Communication of 31 March 2005 on ”Restructuring and employment: Anticipating and accompanying restructuring in order to develop employment: the role of the European Union“ demonstrates the importance that the Commission attributes to accompanying and managing restructuring. The members of CEEMET welcome the generally positive introduction of the Communication which, in our view, rightly stresses that “it is vital for enterprises to adapt to change” and that, “if enterprises conduct these operations rapidly, their competitiveness can be preserved and enhanced”. Although the employer organisations represented by CEEMET agree with the Commission’s statement that “it is necessary to accompany these changes in such a way as to ensure that their effects on employment and working conditions are as short-lived an limited as possible”, CEEMET members do not fully support the measures that are being proposed by the Commission to achieve this objective.
We consider that any Commission initiative in this area should reflect the fact that company restructuring is based on the strategic and economic decision of the management of an individual company. Such decisions depend on a range of different, complex and interrelated factors so that there can therefore be no single solution to address the restructuring of undertakings.