By: Vida Kocjan
The government appointed Luka Lukić to the position of acting chief director of the Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia. He took over the leadership of the inspectorate yesterday, September 19th. Lukić is from the quota of the Levica party, and the inspectorate is in the domain of the Ministry of Labour, which is headed by Luka Mesec, coordinator of the Levica party.
Luka Lukić was an employee of the Workers’ Consultancy, he is represented in Levica as an investigative journalist, and in the past, he was a journalist for MMC RTV Slovenia and president of the Slovenian Journalists’ Union.
Luka Mesec now praises him a lot, announcing that Lukić “is not a member of the Levica, nor of any other political party”, but this cannot be officially verified, as it is an individual’s personal data.
The fact is that it is a matter of political staffing, where the chief inspector is even appointed ‘acting’, which means temporary management. It could not be otherwise, as Lukić does not have the appropriate competences to lead the inspectorate. The Cobbis online database shows that Lukić graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana in 2005 (if it is the same person) with a thesis on Brand as an Intellectual Property Right. In 2018, under this name, in connection with Laura Štraser, we can also find the master’s thesis Unionisation, solidarity and collective action in a century of inequality and the global market. However, the assignment, unlike the previous one, is not available online.
From the extract, it is clear that the content (RUL – Unionisation, solidarity, and collective action in the century of inequality and the global labour market (uni-lj.si)) refers to unions, collective action, the precariat, and the global labour market. It is the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Based on this, there is no doubt that Lukić does not meet the conditions for the chief inspector, among which the key reference is professionalism and not political activity.