Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea: White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987–1995)

TitlePolitical Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea: White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987–1995)
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSuh, D.
PublisherRoutledge
CityNew York
KeywordsEast Asia, industrial relations, Korea, labor movement, social movements, trade unions
Abstract

East Asia has undergone an intense period of economic development and accompanying social change in recent years and among the unforeseen social phenomena that have emerged are new forms of trade unions. This book analyzes the importance of such a new union movement in Korea by focusing on the promotion of social reforms by, and the intensification of interunion solidarity between the white-collar movement factions.

Three sectors of the white-collar movement are examined—financial, hospital, and research unions. In comparing their success in raising social reforms and fortifying interunion solidarity, Doowon Suh considers diverse macro and micro social relations, such as the structure of political opportunities, organization leadership, and the effects of internal labor markets. (publisher's statement)