Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM): Industrial Relations Profile

Majhosev, Andon and Hristova, Lidija (2012) Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM): Industrial Relations Profile. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. pp. 1-12.

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In general it is fair to say that the social environment has not been favourable for the development of industrial relations in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The economic context was very bleak during the entire transitional period, with low levels of economic growth and a very low level of both foreign direct investment (FDI) and local investments, a high level of unemployment (constantly over 32%) and increasing poverty. Those most severely affected by the region’s political and economic transition expressed their dissatisfaction strongly throughout the 1990s, through numerous strikes, street rallies and demonstrations. These protest actions, many of which were organised by trade unions, had little effect. Gradually the tensions subsided but, under the threat of company closures and massive layoffs, the employed workers renounced their solidarity and collective action, adopting a strategy of individual self-interest (Hristova, 1995). This situation, in which workers feel threatened, disoriented and under permanent pressure, is still prevalent.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Sanja Stefanova
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 09:54
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 09:54

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