Labour in developing countries: unions in Korea

Leggett, Chris, and Seung-Ho, Kwon (1998) Labour in developing countries: unions in Korea. In: Hess, Micheal, (ed.) Labour Organisation and Development: case studies. Development Issues (7). NCDS Asia Pacific Press, Canberra, pp. 30-55.

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[Extract] For the Republic of Korea (hereafter Korea) the decade since 1987 has seen a process of democratisation within which a struggle for the legal recognition of an independent trade union movement and the reform of restrictive labour laws have been significant. The struggle has been as much between trade unionists and employers as between workers and the state due to the close relationship between the family business conglomerates, the chaebol, and successive governments. In the last days of 1996 the government's pro-employer labour laws, clandestinely passed through the legislature, provoked a general strike which then led to a partial government retreat on both the legislation and trade union recognition.

Item ID: 17115
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: trade unions, development, South Korea
ISBN: 978-0-7315-2377-1
Funders: AusAID
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2011 23:12
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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