A huge highlight of our visit to Poland this week was the opportunity to meet former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa. The President very kindly wrote a Foreword to our report and has endorsed its findings. He said of our report:
‘Fit for Work is an initiative to improve the quality of life of active workers. I am glad to learn that in times of economic crisis there are people who are willing to promote new ideas, ready to and capable of fighting for a better future.’
President Wałęsa also showed his support for our report by attending a dinner in Krakow the evening before the report was launched and I had the honour, as Founding President of the Fit for Work Europe Coalition, to make a speech welcoming the President and thanking him for his support. In addition, the President has agreed to become a Global Ambassador for the Fit for Work initiative and will be addressing the 3rd Annual Fit for Work Summit in Brussels on 19th October.
This high level endorsement of our work, and that of the growing number of Coalition partners, is an indicator of the impact that our research and policy work is having in each of the countries which we have studied and demonstrates that applied research which is able to engage stakeholders who rarely collaborate on issues of strategic importance can make a significant difference to the public conversation about work and its economic and social importance.
We look forward very much to working with President Wałęsa to communicate the important Fit for Work messages and help the Coalition to make progress towards our goal of improving opportunities for fulfilling work among people with MSDs.
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