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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Workers also revived many of the unions that had collapsed during the
repression of the early 1980s , and there was a surge in the number of unions in
1984 , with over a million organized workers and a number of important strikes (
These disappointing amendments were largely a result of the manner in which
the cancellation of the strike had ... laws , the KCTU scaled down industrial action
to one day a week Wednesday Strikes ' to maintain a steady pressure on the ...
The so - called ' perfect strike ' began on 25 February , when the KPWU , and
initially the Korea Railway Workers Union , and the Korean Gas Workers ' Union ,
embarked on a joint strike against privatization . Although it was predicted that
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