Globalization and Labour in the Asia Pacific

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The collection presents a wide spectrum of studies, research and fieldwork undertaken and written by international authors. Comparisons are made between the chapters, which can be roughly grouped into four: regional perspectives; work on Australia; more 'developed' countries/economics, such as Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong; and 'developing' ones, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.
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Rowley (City U. Business School, London) and Benson (management, U. of Melbourne) note that globalization and deregulation are now popular buzzwords in many areas of business, even though globalization's exact meaning and effects remain contested. Their collection focuses on globalization's impacts on labor in part to help balance the overriding emphasis on management issues in the existing literature. And they found that focusing on the Asia Pacific region provided a range of types of economy and labor organization in various contexts and stages of development, demonstrating important contrasts in the way globalization affects workers. The essays address developed countries including Australia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong, and also the less-developed economies of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714650357
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Studies in Asia Pacific Business
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Global Labour? Issues and Themes 1
Why Ideology Dominates Regional Trade Unionism in the Asia Pacific 15
Challenging APEC: The Asia Pacific Labour Network and APEC's Human Resource Development Working Group 34
Organized Labour in the Borderless World: Globalization, Deregulation and Union Strategy in Australia 54
Last Line of Resistance or a Golden Opportunity: Australian Trade Union Responses to Globalization 74
Globalization, Non-Standard Employment and Australian Trade Unions 93
Japanese Trade Unions at the Crossroads: Dilemmas and Opportunities Created by Globalization 114
Globalization and Labour Rights: The Case of Korea 133
Globalization, Labour Market Deregulation and Trade Unions in Singapore 154
Globalization and Hong Kong's Labour Market: The Deregulation Paradox 174
Multinational Corporations and Trade Union Development in Malaysia 193
Labour Unions, Globalization and Deregulation in Thailand 214
Globalization, Labour and the State: The Case of Indonesia 239
Globalization, China's Free (Read Bonded) Labour Market, and the Chinese Trade Unions 260
The Challenges and Opportunities for the Trade Union Movement in the Transition Era: Two Socialist Market Economies - China and Vietnam 282
Globalization, Labour and Prospects 300
Notes on Contributors 309
Index 313
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