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Diagnosis of the Korean industrial relations system and directions for future development

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Frame of Image owever, the other side of this success story is harrowing. Korea has the world's highest suicide rate, the world's longest working hours, the OECD's highest ratio of non-regular workers, and the world's lowest birth rate. Why? The key to understanding this paradox is polarization. Economic polarization is closely related to social segregation and social pathology. The very link that connects the economic and the social dimensions of society is labor. Labor is a factor of production that upholds household domestic demand through the provision of wages. Labor also determines the conditions of survival for both individuals and households, for it also acts as an avenue for self-realization. For this reason, everyone has the right to work, and it is the responsibility of governments to proactively implement policies that allow their citizens to gain employment in decent jobs.
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This paper is based on Chapters 1 and 6 written by the author in Cho, S.-J. et al. (2013). Diagnosis of the Korean Industrial Relations System and Directions for Future Development. Seoul: Korea Labor Institute. This English version is included as Chapter 1 in Labor Issues in Korea 2012, to be published by the Korea Labor Institute in early December 2013.
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Senior Research Fellow, Korea Labor Institute (Email: chosj@kli.re.kr).
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An examination of labor as the link that holds together the economy and society reveals that the polarization of Korean society is directly connected to the various issues that be


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Title Diagnosis of the Korean industrial relations system and directions for future development
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Cho, Seong=Jae

Publisher

[Seoul]:KLI

Date 2013-11
Series Title; No e-Labor News / 140
Pages 36
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Employment
Holding KLI; KDI School

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 This paper is based on Chapters 1 and 6 written by the author in Cho, S.-J. et al. (2013). Diagnosis of the Korean Industrial Relations System and Directions for Future Development. Seoul: Korea
Labor Institute. This English version is included as Chapter 1 in Labor Issues in Korea 2012, to be published by the Korea Labor Institute in early December 2013.