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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result that Kim Young - Sam and Kim Dae - Jung gained 27.5 per cent and 26.5
per cent of the vote , respectively . As a result , General Roh Tae Woo , one of the
principal instigators of the Kwangju massacre and close friend and ally of Chun ...
Under the enterprise union system , trade union density has never exceeded 10
per cent , so the problem is that the annual wage struggle effectively excludes 90
per cent of all workers . With the collective bargaining structure decentralized in ...
As of February 2000 , these excluded categories made up 37.6 per cent of the
entire working population ( OECD 2000 : 77–85 ) . Even for those workers who
were legally insurable , the actual compliance rate in December 2000 was only
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