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Social Dialogue in Defence of Vulnerable Groups in Post-COVID-19 Labour Markets: Slovakia and Czechia

No.57

Social Dialogue in Defence of Vulnerable Groups in Post-COVID-19 Labour Markets: Slovakia and Czechia

Authors: Kahancová, M. , Brunnerová, S. , Holubová, B. and Martišková, M.
Published: October 2023
Keywords: covid-19, labour markets, labour, czechia, slovakia

Abstract:

This report is part of the EC-funded research project DEFEN-CE: Social Dialogue in Defence of Vulnerable Groups in Post-COVID-19 Labour Markets (VS/2021/0196). It scrutinizes how social partners influenced COVID-19-related policy responses towards vulnerable groups in the labour market, and whether this experience created opportunities for strengthening social dialogue in general. The empirical focus is on Czechia and Slovakia as representatives of embedded neoliberal countries. This means liberalizing labour market policies during their economic transition starting in the 1990s, but at the same time, anchoring some institutional mechanisms of policy-making, including social dialogue at the national level.

The analysis is based on new empirical data in two dimensions:

primary data on policy measures relevant for the vulnerable groups in the labour market, categorized in a standard database of the most important COVID-19 measures relevant for vulnerable groups. 19 original semi-structured interviews with employer organizations, trade unions, governments, and NGOs in Czechia and Slovakia, implemented in 2022-2023.

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