Trade Unions and the State in Peninsular Malaysia

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Before 1940, trade unions were not allowed in British Malaya, but over the years following the Japanese Occupation, the labor organization movement has been alternately encouraged or suppressed. This book traces the development of trade unions in Peninsular Malaysia over the last century from colonial times to the early 1990s, stressing the key role of the state in shaping the role and nature of organized labor during various time periods.
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Before 1940, trade unions were not allowed in British Malaya, but over the years following the Japanese Occupation, the labor organization movement has been alternately encouraged or suppressed. This book traces the development of trade unions in Peninsular Malaysia over the last century from colonial times to the early 1990s, stressing the key role of the state in shaping the role and nature of organized labor during various time periods.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Tables
Abbreviations
1 Wage Labour from Colonial Times to the Modern Era 1
The Emergence of 'Free' Wage Labour 1
Early Government Labour Regulations 4
Post-war Employment Trends 7
Ethnic and Gender Trends 12
2 Trade Union Membership and Industrial Disputes 21
Trade Union Membership 21
Industrial Action 47
3 The Malayan Labour Movement before 1945 55
Labour Organization before 1930 55
Depression and Discontent, 1930-1937 58
Labour and Nationalism, 1938-1941 62
The Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945 68
4 The Rise and Demise of Militant Labour, 1945-1950 71
The Emerging Labour Movement, September 1945-March 1946 71
The Continued Rise of Labour Militancy, April 1946-March 1947 76
The Colonial Authorities Check Labour's Growth, April 1947-March 1948 79
Prelude to the Emergency, April-June 1948 83
The Elimination of Militant Unionism, June 1948-June 1950 85
5 Unionism before Independence, 1950-1957 88
The Growth of Unions 88
Defusing Public Sector Employee Dissent 92
Strike Action 93
The Origins of the NUPW 96
The Formation of the NUFGW 97
The Formation of the MTUC 98
Unions and Communalism 99
Unions and Politics 100
Unions and the State 102
6 Unions and the Post-colonial State, 1957-1969 106
'Development' and the Limits of Post-colonial Democracy 106
Union Developments 108
The Re-emergence of Radical Unions 113
Industrial Action 115
The Role of the MTUC 120
The Role of CUEPACS 121
Unions and Politics 123
1969: Another Transition for Labour 124
7 A Hollow Corporatism, 1969-1980 128
Introduction 128
Union Developments 130
Industrial Relations 131
Union Capitalists 134
The Union Federations 136
The MAS-AEU Dispute: Another Turning Point 142
8 The Unions in Retreat, 1981-1992 146
The Impact of the 1980 Amendments 146
Mahathir's Labour Policies 149
Unionizing Electronics Workers 153
Public Sector Employees 156
The MTUC 160
CUEPACS Versus the MTUC 162
Unions and Politics 164
9 Malaysian Trade Unionism: Looking Back and Ahead 168
Looking Back 168
Corporatist Labour Policies 170
Labour Contradictions 171
Looking Ahead 173
Bibliography 177
Index 189
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