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Sister organising: women-only unions in Japan and South Korea

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  • Sister organising: women-only unions in Japan and South Korea
  • Broadbent, Kaye
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Title Sister organising: women-only unions in Japan and South Korea
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Broadbent, Kaye

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[Brisbane, Australia]:Griffith University

Date 2004
Pages 10
Subject Country Japan(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Employment
Social Development < Others
Holding Griffith University

Abstract

Low rates of union membership and lack of representation on union committees for women in existing union structures in Japan and South Korea disguise the contributions women have made to the union movements in each country. It is therefore not surprising that women have created separate structures, womenonly unions, to address issues that existing unions have failed to solve and provide alternative forms of representation for women workers who are not organised by existing unions. In this paper I explore the development of women-only unions in Japan and South Korea and whether they represent a threat to the existing union movement. I argue that the exclusive nature, their weakened position vis a vis employers and the state and the androcentrism of their policies and practices have resulted in the failure of existing unions to provide adequate and effective representation for women.