Union of the Workers of Slovakia

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Union of the Workers of Slovakia
Združenie robotníkov Slovenska
Leader Ján Ľupták (sk)
Founded 26 April 1994 (1994-04-26)
Split from Party of the Democratic Left
Headquarters Banská Bystrica
Ideology Democratic socialism
Agrarian socialism
Political position Left-wing
Colours      Red

The Union of the Workers of Slovakia (Slovak: Združenie robotníkov Slovenska, ZRS) is a radical-left party in Slovakia.


The Union of the Workers of Slovakia (Združenie robotníkov Slovenska, ZRS) split from the Party of the Democratic Left (SDL) in 1994. In the 1994 parliamentary election the party gained 7.34% of the votes and 13 seats. Although calling themselves "agrarian-left" the deputies entered the coalition of the national-conservative People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia and the nationalist Slovak National Party. The ZRS occupied the Ministry of Privatization to ensure that key industries remained under state control. The ZRS stated on its webpage that it had prevented privatizations in the gas industry, energy sector, telecommunications, banks and insurance.[1]

The ZRS has no international affiliations[2] and did not run in the 2004 or 2009 European Parliament elections.

In the 1998 parliamentary election the ZRS received 1.30% of the votes. The ZRS received 0.54% of the vote in 2002 and 0.29% in 2006. In the 2010 parliamentary election the party received 0.24% of the votes – below the poll's error margin of 0.6%.[3]

The president of the ZRS is Ján Ľupták (sk).[4]


  1. ^ Homepage of the ZRS Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Geoffrey Pridham: Complying with the European Union's Democratic Conditionality: Transnational Party Linkages and Regime Change in Slovakia, 1993–1998, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 51, No. 7 (Nov. 1999), S. 1221-1244.
  3. ^ Poll of Focus Research.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

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