Very cheap foreign working force in Slovenia

The Slovakian workers are paid with a minimum wage, but the amount is incredibly 2x higher than the amount, which they earned at home.


  • Some of them are working for 12 hours per day
  • LIK (slovenian company); foreign people, who works here, live in single home near this company
  • Very bad conditions ; this area, where they live is very small, and besides many of this foreigners live there
  • They are ready to work for a very small amount and also for a long time ( 12 hours/day)
  • Because of this, they are a big competition to slovenian workers



1600 euro

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500 euro 500 euro 500 euro

Slovenian company can employed 3 foreign workers for a cost of one slovenian worker, which amount is 1600 euro. And these foreign workers are ready to work only for 500 euro per mounth.

  • The slovenian companies, which employed these foreign workers are for example; LIK & IUV ( the leather industry)
  • The IUV has employed 36 foreign workers in last time. They get this working relations, because there were no native workers, who wants to work for such a small amount of the mounthly wage.
  • Employers of these workers, they dont checked the working circumstances, because they are not responsible for them. The agency, which has madiate this forking force, has this responsibility. But unless, in majority, nobody really cares about their rights.

So, what do you think about this? Do you think its good, that there are so many foreign working force in the native country? Which are the consequences of this immigrating workers for a native country…do you know some other cases like this one?


8 thoughts on “Very cheap foreign working force in Slovenia

  1. in my opinion,nowadays,many people go another countries to work.they have many reasons to leave their countries.But too much immigrants aren’t good for the countries’ economy.The situation must be got under control by the governments.But some immigrants who have beneficial experiences can go and stand in good stead and may be they can be more suitable in another country.
    In Turkey,we have lots of foreign workers and they earn more than native workers.Not like the situation in Slovenia.Because they know more languages and more experiences than native workers.And also all the companies and all the institutions are international.We must attend and follow the time.It is time to integrate.Of course we have exceptions.But generally we are faced with this.

  2. According to the globalization and the continuing process of incoming immigrants actually it´s really difficult ot argue for one strict direction. On the one hand a country it it´s economical view needs employees even when native workers didn´t want to do such jobs for a minimum amount. But on the other hand there is no justification for companies to leave workers in such bad conditions like 12 working hours. This is a big problem the government has to take care about in the future and to solve with affording some safety precautions. For example one the less organisations taking care about the employee rights especially the safety of industrial accidents is called Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) which participate in the web to get throug a high number of concerned people. Moreover such effective and easy strategies like using internet as a platform should be more established to advocate the rights of the the employees.

  3. I dont know Klaudi where did you get this informations, but i would like to know only if those numbers are not from some previous past years. Nowadays the trend in Slovakia is that people are more migrating to Austria and to western countries where there are more working possibilities and the labor market is bigger. Well, is possible that the workers, the cheaper labor force from Slovakia goes to countries like Slovenia but is less than probable, cause if they could chose between Austria, or Czech republic they would go work there. Is because those markets are closer to Slovakia and also they offer high salaries. And especially in Czech republic they do not need to know languages, cause Slovaks and Czechs can understand each other, there is no language barrier.
    But our labor market has also problem with the inflow of the cheaper low-skilled labor force coming mostly from Ukraine and Russia.

  4. Yes, I found this information on internet, it is one of the current affairs in Slovenia right now. And yes, it is about the cheaper low-skilled labour force from Slovakia.
    I know, that here in Slovenia, there are many cheap working force also from other eastern European countries, who works for a really law salary. They are usually working in a heavy working conditions; like working in the industry or constructing the roads…
    And I think, if they dont know the language, there is not such a big problem, they just have to work there, to get the money.
    And they are working there for undefinited time, so maybe for some mounths, and then they go back home.

  5. Most of the empirical researches and natural experiments acknowledge that immigration has no or slight negative effect on receiving labour market. Actual results will depend on the economic characteristics of immigrants relative to native workers. As low-skilled migrants compete with low-skilled locals and with other migrant workers, they will lower employment possibilities and real wage level in this segment. Migrants with higher skill level are usually complementary factors to local labour force.

  6. From my experience I know only not so good stories about for workers from other countries work for the most lowest salaries the most lowest jobs and still they feel good, because they can earn some money.

  7. In Finland we also have so-called low cost labour force from post Soviet Union Countries. Usually they are seasonal worker and are mainly occupied in agriculture. These workers don’t contract an emploter straight, there are recruitment agencies in the countries where they come from. Nevertheless an employer is responsible for workers living conditions. Usually they work for minimum salary and are ready to work 12 hours a day, but according to the law employer has to pay extra for evening or overworking hours. Most of them are legal workers due to visa obligations. In order to work in Finland a worker has to apply for a special visa with working permission, so they have to have a contract beforehand. (Only for non European citizens). Usually European citizens don’t choose Finland to come, a lot of Polish people go to Norway where the minimum salary level is higher.

  8. Do you have the link to this article? I am a foreign worker in Slovenia and I know many others and we all make more money than our Slovenian colleagues. I think this data needs to be sorted out to be clear whether it is “blue collar” (manual” labour or professional labour. Also are there more foreigners doing this manual work or the professional work as managers and such. It is hard to make any opinion without good data.


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