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Industrial relations in South Korea : An historical analysis

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  • Industrial relations in South Korea
  • Kwon, Seung-Ho
  • University of new south wales


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Title Industrial relations in South Korea
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An historical analysis

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Kwon, Seung-Ho

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[Sydney]:University of new south wales

Date 1997-12
Series Title; No WORKING PAPER SERIES
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < General
Government and Law < Political Systems
Holding University of new south wales

Abstract

Recently industrial relations in Korea has experienced an upsurge in industrial unrest between trade unions, employers and the state as the militant independent trade union movement responded to the draconian Trade Union Act re-amended in December 1996. This paper argues that any account of the current dynamics of Korean industrial relations needs to place these recent developments within the historical context of interactions between the state, the chaebol and trade unions. Therefore, the paper traces the historical development of Korean industrial relations from its origins in the late nineteenth century through to its current dynamics in the 1990s. It focuses on the political economy of South Korea, including the break up of feudal Korea, Japanese colonialism, the division of the Korea Peninsular, rapid industrialisation and the emergence of both national democracy and the independent trade union movement from 1987.