Branko Bembič

Industrial Relations Developments in Slovenia and Their Impacts on Inequality

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Slovenia features a relatively coordinated economy and a neo-corporatist industrial relations system, which came under increasing strain in the mid-2000s. After describing the period of establishment of the Slovenian industrial relations system, as well as the emerging pressures on it, the article presents a range of developments in the areas of flexibility and security, and their impacts on inequality in the post-2008 period. As social dialogue at national level broke down and pressures from international actors strengthened the hand of capital and government, the power of trade unions proved crucial for balancing the demands for flexibility with some security measures. Given the unequal resources of sectoral unions, the integration of various levels (company, sectoral, and national) of trade union structures was essential for the fight against inequality.

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