Chang, Dae-Oup and Chae, Jun-Ho (2004) 'The Transformation of Korean Labour Relations Since 1997.' Journal of Contemporary Asia, 34 (4). pp. 427-448.
The Korean labour movement has been broadly understood as one of the most militant trade union movements in the world. To be sure, the radical unionism in Korea has been rapidly developing since the emergence of democratic trade union movement in the 1970s, changing the nature of the relations between capital and labour to a great extent. However, despite its fame, it also faces many challenges from the accelerated restructuring of capitalist relations. This article examines the dynamics of the development of the relations between the state, capital and labour after the economic crisis in Korea in 1997. By doing so, it attempts to identify the basis of the challenge to the further development of the Korean labour movement, in the context of the unfolding of the reconstruction of the way in which capitalist labour is organised. The article is divided into three main parts. Firstly, we look at the restructuring policies introduced by the state and corporations under the guidance of the structural adjustment policies of IMF. Secondly, we examine how far the crisis and restructuring policies have had an effect on the nature of labour relations by tracing the effect of immediate labour market restructuring policies as well as of other structural adjustment policies. The last section evaluates the transformation of trade union movement on the basis of emerging new forms of unionisation and subjectivity of the labour movement in the restructuring process.
|Keywords:||South Korea, Labour Relations, Economic Crisis|
|SOAS Departments & Centres:||Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies|
|Copyright Statement:||Copyright Journal of Contemporary Asia|
|Depositing User:||Dae-Oup Chang|
|Date Deposited:||18 Mar 2009 10:23|
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