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Novkovic, Goran

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Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | 29/09/2010

Strike benefits Slovenia's government

Public sector employees in Slovenia have been striking for better pay since Monday. However because pensions have been frozen most people are less than sympathetic to their cause, which is very convenient for the government, the online edition of the free newspaper Žurnal24 notes: "It looks very much like the government has a plan. ... The citizens affected by the strikes will direct their anger against the trade unions rather than the government. At this point in time the pensioners are the only ones to enjoy the sympathy of the public because they are the group most under threat. ... This could change and the trade unions could gain public sympathy if they switched to demanding better salaries only for the worst-paid public servants. This could sway public opinion in favour of the trade unions."

Žurnal24 online - Slovenia | 08/09/2009

Goran Novkovic on the egotism of the public sector

The trade unions of the public sector in Slovenia are persisting in their demands for better pay even in the current crisis. In the online edition of Žurnal24 Goran Novkovic argues that in times of crisis the public sector trade union should show solidarity with workers in other sectors: "But the trade unions of the public sector don't want to share the fate of others in these times of crisis. … The perception that the economy nourishes the public sector is distorted. But in this year's crisis one could have expected the trade unions of the public sector to show solidarity with their most endangered family members - with the privileged from the public sector renouncing their privileges in favour of the worst paid. In recent times the media have reported on doctors who are extremely well paid. The doctors could renounce a few things for the sake of the nurses in the crisis. After all, they work with them on a daily basis. MPs could also renounce their privileges. Otherwise it becomes clear that they are not so concerned about the country's social capital after all."

Žurnal24 - Slovenia | 22/09/2008

Parliamentary elections in Slovenia

Goran Novkovič explains in the online edition of Žurnal24 why Slovenia's right-wing Prime Minister Janez Janša lost the parliamentary elections just as his predecessor Anton Rop of the left-leaning LDS party did four years ago: "Janez Janša, who successfully led Slovenia's EU Council presidency, lost yesterday's elections. In 2004 more or less the same happened to Anton Rop of the LDS, who had guided Slovenia into the EU. Why have these two politicians suffered the same fate? ... With the introduction of the euro and the EU presidency Slovenia has reached the peak at an international level. Voters turned their attention to domestic affairs. ... The people became aware of the contradictions during Janša's term in office. On the one hand there was the removal of bureaucratic hurdles while on the other there were shady dealings with state-owned companies, while the government ruled the country with an iron hand. ... Janša frightened off many of the moderate voters and attracted the voters of other conservative parties. For its part the Left won back many of the moderate voters that Janša had lured away from the LDS in 2004."

Finance - Slovenia | 29/05/2006

The founding of a president's movement in Slovenia

Goran Novkovic reports that on May 28, Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek officially proclaimed the founding of the Movement for Justice and Development at Turjak Castle, thus turning his back on his party, the liberal LDS, which refuses to endorse a cross-party government pact for social and economic reform. "No doubt Drnovsek will continue to surprise us with inconsistent moves and provocative decisions. This is why it's logical for him to leave his party and found the Movement for Justice. It gives him more room for manoeuvre... We must cross our fingers and hope that he won't disappoint us like the damsel of Turjak Castle, who according to legend ended up in a convent. We hope this won't be the case because the last thing we need is another demagogic and confused opposition party, like the LDS has become."

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