Globalization, Flexibilization and Working Conditions in Asia and the Pacific

Edited by

  • Sangheon Lee, Conditions of Work and Employment Programme of the International Labour Office, UK
  • Francois Eyraud, ILO Turin Training Center, Italy

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.
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Students and academics in Asian studies, international relations, and law


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-330-1

Table of Contents

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.