Industrial Relations in Korea
Diversity and Dynamism of Korean Enterprise Unions from a Comparative Perspective
A key factor in Korea's economic success is the nature of industrial relations in Korean business and industry. Joo-Yeon Jeong presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of industrial relations in Korea. He shows how union membership has changed over recent decades, and how the focus of bargaining has widened from purely financial considerations to include a much wider range of issues including, principally, issues related to job security. In addition, the book considers the role of government in shaping the legal and institutional environment, and of employers, who have taken a more aggressive role towards unions since the mid-1990s.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Diversity and Dynamism in Organizations of Enterprise Unions 3. Enterprise Union Organization, Bargaining and Disputes in the Economic Developmental 4. Growth of Enterprise Unions in the Democratization Period 5. Decline of Enterprise Unions during the Sluggish Economic Growth Period 6. Conclusion
Jooyeon Jeong is Professor in the Department of Economics at Korea University, Seoul. His main research interests include the examination of enterprise unions, bargaining and vocational training in Korea. He obtained his PhD in 1994 from the Industrial Relations Research Institute in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and he has published several articles in major international journals including the British Journal of Industrial Relations (1995), Economic and Industrial Democracy (1995), Journal of Industrial Relations (2001), and Industrial Relations Journal (2003, 2005).