Globalisation and regionalism: employment relations in Indonesia

Leggett, Chris (1998) Globalisation and regionalism: employment relations in Indonesia. In: Globalisation and Regionalism: employment relations issues in the Asia Pacific: proceedings of the 6th annual conference of the International Employment Relations Association. pp. 177-187. From: 1998 IERA: Sixth Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association: Globalisation and regionalism: employment relations issues in the Asia Pacific, 15-17 July 1998, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

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This paper overviews the context of globalisation and employment relations in the countries of the Asia-Pacific before proceeding to its effect on employment relations in Indonesia. The concept of globalisation is a controversial one, but it is possible to discern how global restructuring arises from the integration of capital accumulation and technological change, international politics and developments in communications technology to generate pressures for the restructuring of employment relations. This is especially so for the Asia-Pacific, where rapid industrialisation has been based on export-orientated manufacturing and its success attributed partly to accommodations to the international environment and partly to the subordination of labour. Subsequent economic restructuring, notwithstanding the 1997-98 Asian currency crises, may be seen as anticipation of the globalisation of that environment. However, the regional trading blocs of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, consistent with developments elsewhere, are inclined more towards trade and tariff reform than to employment relations. For example, APEC's primary focus is on liberalising trade. Indonesia's membership of ASEAN, a constituent of APEC, became more significant as ASEAN stepped up its free trading function in the 1990s. However, of the victims of the current Asian financial crisis, Indonesia has been worst hit and looks like being the last to recover. Before the crisis there had been an escalation of industrial unrest as Indonesia experienced rapid growth in manufacturing and the government and the official union federation applied provocative controls over collective bargaining. In the current circumstances there is room for speculation about the prospects of the active but suppressed unofficial union federation.

Item ID: 17134
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-86418-581-5
Keywords: globalisation, employment relations, Asia Pacific, Indonesia
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 04:16
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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