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A MEETING OF the newly elected National Council of the Association took place at the Willis Building, London on 4 December 2013, with Sam Davies, National President, taking the Chair for the first time. A presentation was received from Patrizia Di

Mauro the General Secretary on current UNIEP initiatives followed by an interesting prologue of the painting and decorating industry by Markus Straube the President of UNIEP. Reports were given on the recent meetings of the

Trophy Awards Committee, Training and Education Committee and the Safety Health and Environment Committee. A recent meeting has taken place with CITB on new initiatives for the membership in 2014. A new category for Retired Members is to be

introduced and more information will follow shortly in The Decorator magazine. The Executive Committee for 2014 was elected

and in addition to the Office Bearers, the Executive Committee are Tony Cook, Nigel Deamer, Andrew Havard, Derek Longcake, Bob Greenup, Bob Hooker and Windsor Powell.

UNIEP Policy Day

IN OCTOBER 2013 UNIEP held its second Policy Day focusing on the EU Labour legislation. This key event gathered representatives from the painting sector and several European officers from the Labour Law Unit, DG Employment. The Policy Day tackled the key issues facing painting

businesses. The Marketing Director of AkzoNobel, Stephen Snaith, announced relatively good news for the painting sector and flagged up the importance

of trying to reach the residential sector which makes up almost 50% of the whole painting sector. He also stressed the importance of concentrating on the development of new eco friendly products that would meet clients’ needs. A major challenge identified is the great inflow of low skilled and low cost labour available that

undermines the quality of the painting work. The UNIEP Labour Costs survey launched on 1 July 2013 collected the data regarding these posted workers and some information concerning general problems encountered by painting businesses linked to labour. Businesses expressed an overall dissatisfaction with the current working market and stated that if legislation on this issue is not put in place this situation will get worse. Commenting on this, the EU Officers, Mr Reinholdt and Ms Rammus from the Labour Law Unit, DG

Employment, explained the current state of play in respect of the legislation dealing with the posting of workers. Efficient legislation is hard to pass if countries do not cooperate between them, if countries’ standards differ so greatly from one state to another and if implementation procedures in the Member States are so slow and not well defined. UNIEP President, Markus Straube, closed the day and expressed his satisfaction with the

stimulating event and wished UNIEP further cooperation and collaboration with the European Institutions to promote and defend European Painters rights and ambitions for a bright and fruitful future.

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