Recent developments in the world economy, including deindustrialisation and the digital revolution, have led to an increasingly individualistic relationship between workers and employers, which in turn has weakened labour movements and worker representation. However, this process is not universal, including in some countries of Asia, where trade unions are closely aligned with the interests of the dominant political party and the state. This book considers the many challenges facing trade unions and worker representation in a wide range of Asian countries. For each country full background is given on how trade unions and other forms of worker representation have arisen. Key questions then considered include the challenges facing trade unions and worker representation in each country, the extent to which these are a result of global or local developments and the actions being taken by trade unions and worker representative bodies to cope with the challenges.
"Using a systematic comparative analytic framework, this book highlights the variation in labour movements in 13 Asian countries. The work lays bare the shortcomings of theories to adequately explain labour movements in this region. A must read for labour scholars!"
Sarosh Kuruvilla: Professor of Industrial Relations, Cornell University, USA, and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, UK.
"This book highlights ‘varieties’ of unions and labour movements in response to challenges in Asia, shaping the ways in which workers are organized, with fresh evidence and new theoretical perspectives. This is a must for all scholars of modern industrial relations"
Dr Chang-Hee Lee, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Country Director for Vietnam
"This book provides a rich source of analysis of contemporary challenges and evolving perspectives on trade unions and labour movements in Asia. It represents an important and innovative contribution to the field of comparative industrial relations."
Mia Ronnmar, Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Lund, Sweden, and President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)
"The Asia-Pacific region is quite diverse in the make-up of its labour laws and labour institutions, despite geographical proximity. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the near-term future of capitalism in the fastest growing region of the world."
Anil Verma, Professor of Management and former Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources. University of Toronto, Canada.
"It is a rare edited volume that combines empirical sweep, methodological rigor and theoretical insight. This volume does that in ways that make it necessary reading for all those interested in comparative industrial relations and comparative political economy."
Chris Howell, James Monroe Professor of Politics, Oberlin College, USA
"This book clearly shows that unions in emerging Asian economies create unique patterns of unionism distinct from Euro-American models. This book makes an important contribution to formulating a new theoretical framework that acknowledges these distinctive features."
Dong-One Kim, Professor of Employment Relations at Korea University, South Korea
"This book provides detailed information about unions and their activities in Asia and Pacific countries using a systematic approach. It is essential reading for practitioners and scholars in order to obtain a dynamic picture of the contemporary and future developments in Asia".
Michio Nitta, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan.
"Using a consistent framework, this book examines labor movements in thirteen Asia-Pacific countries. It provides great detail on labor market structures, labor politics and union strategies. It is a ‘must read’ for employment relations scholars across the globe".
Peter Berg, Professor of Employment Relatios, Michigan State University, USA
PART 1. INTRODUCTION
PART 2. COUNTRY CHAPTERS
PART 3. CONCLUSION