Marieta Hristova
Department of Economic Sociology, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria


3rd International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2019 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana – Slovenia, March 28, 2019, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia; Doba Business School – Maribor, Slovenia; Integrated Business Faculty –  Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Management – Zajecar, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-17-2, ISSN 2683-4510


The goal of this report is to examine how the power of trade unions in Bulgaria has been declining over the past decades paralleled by similar European processes. Proof of this thesis includes indicators such as trade union density, coverage of collective bargaining, degree of centralization and decentralization of negotiation, etc. Data from the European Social Survey – fifth wave (2010) is analyzed to give an indication who and what the trade union members are and what are the factors that define the status of the workers as union members. The biggest challenges for trade unions are to cope with various changes that occur in the nature, content, and organization of work, employment and division of labour, as well as changing working, economic, cultural and social relationships.


Bulgarian trade unions, union density, union member, declining power, ESS.


[1] Annual Report on Collective Labour Agreements and Collective Labour Disputes in Republic of Bulgaria, National Institute of Conciliation and Arbitration, Sofia, 2018.

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