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This book represents a unique study which reviews employment conditions in Asia and the Pacific in the context of globalization and increasing pressure towards flexibilization. It places a strong focus on the diverging experiences of individual workers in their employment conditions such as employment status, wages/incomes, working time, work organizations and health and safety. Along with thematic studies concerning the roles of workers voice and labour regulation in determining employment conditions, this book includes nine country studies which have been undertaken based on a common research framework for a more rigorous comparison in the region.
Part 1 Labour market changes, workers’ voice, and labour regulations: Globalization, institutional reforms and workers: changes and outcomes; Trade union rights and trade competitiveness: Asia in a global context; The regulation of working conditions in Asia and the Pacific: flexibility, fragmentation and workers’ rights. Part 2 Flexibilization and non-standard employment: Australia: institutional changes and workforce fragmentation; Japan: the resilience of employment relationships and the changing conditions of work; The Republic of Korea: from flexibility to segmentation. Part 3 Economic pressures and the changing quality of work: Indonesia: the search for alternatives; The Philippines: changes at the workplace; Thailand: globalization and unprotected workers. Part 4 Transition and employment conditions: China: economic transition, employment flexibility and security; Vietnam: workers in transition.
Dr Sangheon Lee is a Senior Research Officer at the Conditions of Work and Employment Program of the International Labor Office. He has widely published on employment conditions including Working Time around the World (with D. McCann and J. Messenger, forthcoming, Routledge).
Dr. Francois Eyraud is the Executive Director of ILO Turin Training Center. He has published on a wide range of labor issues including wage policies. His latest publications include The Fundamentals of Minimum Wages Fixing (with C. Saget, 2005, ILO) and Evolving World of Work in the Enlarged EU: Progress and Vulnerability (eds with D. Vaughan-Whitehead, forthcoming, ILO).