ABSTRACT

Economic growth in Asia over the past half century has led to significant changes in societies, business organization and the nature of work. This has been accompanied by the rise in some countries of trade unions and also of employers’ associations. This book explores the nature of employers’ associations in the major countries of Asia. It considers how employers’ associations have developed in recent decades, how changes in market structures and the profile of economies have affected employers’ associations, how employers’ associations deal with issues to do with pay and employment conditions, and how they interact with regulation and the state. The book shows how the differing political and institutional contexts of different countries, and different economic conditions, greatly affect the nature of employers’ associations and also the wider context of labour markets and trade unions.

1. Employer collective action and employers’ associations in Asia

2. Employer collective action in the labour market: Theory, traditions and trends

3. Employers’ associations in Japan: fragmented conservatism

4. Employers’ associations in South Korea: increasing importance for industrial relations

5. Employers’ associations in Singapore: tripartite engagement

6. Employers’ associations in Hong Kong: continuity in the absence of collective bargaining

7. Employers’ associations in China: promoting interactions among the key stakeholders

8. Employers’ associations in Vietnam: inching towards tripartite engagement

9. Employers’ associations in India: responses to economic liberalization

10. Employers’ associations in Indonesia: from state corporatist to professional organization

11. Employers’ associations in Malaysia: seeking greater relevance

12. Employers’ associations in Asia: Membership, structure and governance