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Večer - Slovenia | 19/11/2012

Protests in Slovenia too cautious

Around 30,000 people demonstrated against the government's austerity programme in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Saturday, according to the organisers of the protest. But the conservative daily Večer writes that the protests didn't go far enough: "Although they have become alienated from the politicians, the trade unions don't use events like that on Saturday to make a definitive break with them. ... The protests have shown that the trade unions won't be able to motivate the people to fight for new values and political change. Other groups are better positioned to do this, and are prepared to use violence to push their cause. [During protests against the mayor of Maribor property was damaged.] These groups derive their legitimacy from the plight and morals of the little man on the street. … The trade unions should voice their support for these groups, because they are a direct expression of the people's will. Admittedly it's questionable whether these groups can contribute to the common good in the long term."

Večer - Slovenia | 18/04/2012

Unfair austerity programme in Slovenia

Public sector employees in Slovenia have announced a strike for today, Wednesday, in protest at the plans of the conservative government led by Prime Minister Janez Janša to cut their salaries. The austerity measures, aimed at reducing the budget by 800 million euros, are driving a wedge between the public and private sectors, writes the daily Večer: "Today's public sector strike symbolises the moment in which the global conflict between two concepts - liberal capitalism and solidarity - translates into an open conflict here in Slovenia. ... Both concepts have their logic. The government concept, the liberal concept, uses numbers to demonstrate that the salaries in the public sector are higher than those in the private sector and are putting too much strain on the budget. Politicians are calling on public sector employees to show solidarity with the thousands of workers who would do anything for a job. ... Janša's government is doggedly pitching the public sector against the private sector: because the weaker the one side is, the easier it is to bring down the other using the former as an example."

Večer - Slovenia | 16/08/2011

Privatized motorways take toll on Slovenia

Slovenia's Defence Minister Patrik Vlačič has announced plans to privatise Slovenia's two main motorways because the initial estimate of 1.4 billion euros to build a new motorway intersection has now quadrupled. But ultimately the country's citizens will end up footing the bill, the conservative daily Večer complains: "The tycoons shovelled the money into their own pockets, above all Ivan Zidar of the Slovenian construction firm SCT Holding. The motorway company Dars is 4.2 billion euros in the red. If Dars doesn't repay the money this minus will create a big hole in the national budget because the state guarantees Dars' loans. ... The sale of Dars and its debts is therefore Slovenia's last resort. That would be all well and good if the citizens didn't end up shouldering the financial burden of the moguls' raids yet again. Because foreign benefactors wouldn't pay the Dars debts with their own money but with ours: in the form of road tolls. We can see in Italy what the result of that will be: there, the tolls increased at twice the rate of inflation each year after its motorways were privatised."

Večer - Slovenia | 15/01/2010

Beware of gifts from politicians

The Slovenian government has decided to raise the country's minimum wage. The daily Vecer advises people not to rejoice too soon: "Because the crisis is calming down. The government could have prevented many sad expressions on the faces of workers and their families, but it was playing for time on behalf of the employers. At least for now the latter have drawn the short straw. What they had to say went unheeded in the latest agreement between the government and the unions. ... Nevertheless Pergam union leader Dusan Rebolj warns that this could be sheer manoeuvring on the government's part, and that while raising the minimum wage it could at the same time lower all of the workers' other incomes. The real question is what the small print in this government present says. Or as a Slovenian proverb has it: beware of politicians that come bearing gifts."

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