Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalization
One of the most remarkable aspects of South Korea's transition from impoverished post-colonial nation to fully-fledged industrialized democracy has been the growth of its independent and dynamic labour movement. Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalisation examines current trends and transformations within the Korean labour movement since the 1990s.
It has been a common assumption that the 'third wave' of democratisation, the end of the Cold War, and the spread of neoliberal globalisation in the latter part of the 20th century have helped to create an environment in which organised labour is better placed to overcome bureaucratic national unionism and transform itself into a potential counter-globalisation movement. However, Kevin Gray argues that despite the apparent continued phenomena of labour militancy and the rhetoric of anti-neoliberalism, the mainstream independent labour movement in Korea has become increasingly institutionalised and bureaucratised into the new capitalist democracy. This process is demonstrated by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions' experience of participation in various forms of policy making forums. Gray suggests that as a result, the KCTU has failed to mount an effective challenge against processes of neoliberal restructuring and concomitant social polarisation.
The Korean experience provides an excellent case study for understanding the relationship between organised labour and globalisation. Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalisation will appeal to students and scholars of Korean studies and International Political Economy, as well as Asian politics and economics.
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Whilst the government had increasingly come to recognize the inevitability of the
legal recognition of the democratic labour movement , the nature of labour law
reform was nonetheless a highly contested issue . Despite the reform of the
Whilst these strikes achieved some initial participation , on 28 January , the
KCTU abruptly announced their cancellation whilst vowing to launch more
nationwide collective action if acceptable new legislation was not drawn up .
However , by ...
Whilst the reforms themselves have not actually worsened the level of social
protection for the Korean working class , they must be understood in the context
of the quid pro quo inherent in the troubled process of social concertation . In
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