From Workers’ Self-management in Socialism to Trade Unions Marginalisation in “Wild Capitalism”: A Case Study of ArcelorMittal in Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013 (English)In: Revija za sociologiju, ISSN 0350-154X, Vol. 43, no 1, 31-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper explores the largest steel producer in Bosnia and Herzegovina asit shifted from a state-owned company to a foreign-owned private company.The impact of the transition on industrial relations, effect of new managementon employment conditions within the company and the changing role of tradeunions is explored. The extent to which the findings can be considered a typicalconsequence of the inexorable encroachment of capitalism and privatisationacross Eastern Europe is considered. The paper commences with brief summaryof the historical and political context of the transitional economies. Thisis followed by a brief history of the steel industry in general, and in Yugoslaviaand Bosnia and Herzegovina in particular, detailing the main features of industrialrelations. The background to the specific case study is then presented,providing a short history of Mittal Steel and its restructuring challenges in thetransitional post-communist period. This provides the foundation for the analysis,which explores the impact of privatisation on industrial relations in thecompany, looking in particular at the effect of new management and its culture,and the concomitant effects on employment contracts, working conditions andthe changing role of trade unions. The paper concludes with a discussion of theextent to which the transformations can be explained by the various theories ofpost-communist capitalism.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zagreb, 2013. Vol. 43, no 1, 31-55 p.
steel industry, transitional economies, post-communist capitalism, wild capitalism, ArcelorMittal, Mittal Steel
Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103606DOI: 10.5613/rzs.43.1.2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103606DiVA: diva2:689511