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New Social Inequality in Work Organisations: Challenges for the Eastern EU Member States

Friedrich Fuerstenberg
Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
Vol. 46, No. 4, Beyond GDP (April 2011), pp. 609-620
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23070483
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Today, Eastern European economies face the challenge to create a dynamic labour market. New forms of inequality accompany a still incomplete post-socialist transformation. They are aggravated by shortcomings in setting up modern industrial relations systems and advanced human resource management practices. The transformation of work organisations has been largely a "top-down" development marked by massive governmental interference, guidelines by imported managerial staff and widespread fragmented worker representation. Market-oriented transformation in these states we find a dual structure of social inequality in work organizations: the emergence of social partnership in liberalized zones of growing prosperity and negotiable inequality patterns, co-existing with still large areas of rather moderate social and economic progress. This co-existence is likely to persist, argues the author.

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