Changing employment relations in seven Asia-Pacific countries

Bamber, Greg J., Leggett, Chris J., and Ross, Peter K. (2002) Changing employment relations in seven Asia-Pacific countries. In: Hanami, Tadashi, (ed.) Universal Wisdom Through Globalization: selected papers from 12th IIRA World Congress, Tokyo. Japan Institute of Labour, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 287-298.

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Abstract

This paper compares employment relations (ER) in seven countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Australia; Indonesia; Japan; New Zealand; the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC); South Korea; and Taiwan (Republic of China, ROC).

The mature economies of Australia, New Zealand and Japan demonstrate the impact on employment relations of labour market restructuring to achieve greater flexibility.

While Korea has reduced its level of control of the union movement and experienced a consequent increase in union militancy, 'democratisation' in Taiwan has resulted in the government taking a more active and regulatory stance towards labour.

The PRC's transition from a highly regulated to a 'socialist market' economy has had a significant effect on employees as they have shifted from state-run to privately-operated companies. In Indonesia ER have been closely tied to the state doctrine of Pancasila, and while the end of the Soeharto government offered opportunities for greater government recognition of workers' interests, political instability has been inhibiting.

Item ID: 17155
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-4-538-61004-7
Keywords: employment relations, industrial relations, Asia-Pacific, change
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Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 00:47
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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