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Time for decent work

07.10.2016

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The economic crisis, due to which Slovenia has been experiencing problems from the mid-2008 onwards, is also reflected in the labour market. This coming Saturday marks the World Day for Decent Work, which will be a good opportunity to think about the significance of decent work and the observance of workers' rights. When the demand for work exceeds the number of available jobs, there is a greater chance that employees will be taken advantage of and that they will agree to work in less favourable conditions. To many people, however, employment represents more than a simple means of survival as we usually spend more time at work than with our families and friends or taking part in leisure activities. For this reason, a great number of employed people consider a good job to be a prerequisite for a high-quality life.

The labour market is witnessing an emergence of new structural challenges, which increase the gap between those working based on an employment contract, and those employed through other arrangements. A year or two ago, when the economic crisis was in its full swing, people were struggling to find work; now, as the economic indicators have improved, the question of what work can be considered decent is at the forefront.

Decent work is productive work organised for women and men alike, which is carried out in freedom, fairness, safety and with respect for the human dignity. It involves opportunities of work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families. It provides better prospects for personal development and social integration as well as freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in decisions that affect their lives.

According to the latest data, the unemployment rate is decreasing among the young population, which is possibly the most affected social group in the labour market. As attested by positive trends observed across all industries in the first six months of 2016, the increased economic activity in Slovenia has resulted in an improved situation in the labour market.


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