Employers' associations in Singapore: tripartite engagement

Leggett, Chris, Kuah, Adrian T.H., and Gan, Bernard (2017) Employers' associations in Singapore: tripartite engagement. In: Benson, John, Zhu, Ying, and Gospel, Howard, (eds.) Employers’ Associations in Asia: Employer collective action. Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia . Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK, pp. 82-101.

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[Extract] Employers’ associations have received less attention in the industrial relations literature than have trade unions and government agencies. One reason for this may be that inter- country variation in the structure and functions of employers’ associations precludes general schema (Bean 1994: 72). Another is employer reticence to disclose information to researchers, resulting in researchers’ preference for more accessible information on industrial conflict and trade unions (Schmitter and Streeck 1999; Sheldon and Thornthwaite 1999; Traxler 2000). In the case of Singapore, it was recently observed that a reference to the merger of Singapore’s employers’ associations in 1980 was ‘perfunctory’ and substantially underestimated its importance (Sheldon et al. 2015: 438). Gan (2010) and Sheldon et al. (2015) have sought to remedy the apparent neglect. This chapter aims to follow them with an analysis and assessment of the structure, strategies and roles of Singapore’s employers’ associations.

Item ID: 49486
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-94360-5
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 01:58
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350504 Industrial and employee relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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