Thursday, January 24, 2008


In Slovenia, judicial branch of government recently announced a strike, claiming that judges are underpaid and demanding an initial wage increase. The first question to be asked is against whom the judicial branch of government is really demanding a strike? The announcement of the strike is a mark revealing the prevailing corruption in the judicial system, taking place throughtout the process of political transition from socialist system to the system based on market democracy. In Slovenia, generally speaking, private property rights are weakly protected, reflecting slow procedural operations, internal inefficiencies and signs of corruption in Slovenia's judicial system.

Tomaž recently published a beautiful post discussing judicial claims over wage increases:

"The announcement of the strike on behalf of Slovenian Judicial Association is an unusual step, knowing that not all Slovenian judges are not the members of the Slovenian Judicial Association. Even local fireworkers cannot announce a general strike of all fireworkers in Slovenia. That's why, Slovenian Judicial Association does not and cannot have a legitimate right to announce a strike on behalf of all Slovenian judges.

The use of means regarding general strike opens the essential question: against whom shall Slovenian judges announce a strike? From a historical perspective, "strike" has emerged from the individual rather than collective initiative of employees against the employer. By definition, trade unions are workers' associations. Later in the course of time, trade unions launched widespread initiatives as a form of political pressure against government authority as Solidarity did it in Poland in late 1980s."

Source: Tomaž Štih, When Government Announces a Strike (and almost realizes it), Libertarec, January 22, 2008 (link)

1 comment:

Tomaž Štih said...

Rok, I am not the author of this high quality article, just the blog editor.