There has been enormous economic development in the Asia-Pacific region since 1945. Employment relations policies have changed rapidly in both the older industrialised market economies and in the newly industrialising economies. It is particularly interesting to compare the various recovery strategies of different countries following the economic turmoil of the late 1990s. The Japanese appeared to continue their pattern of life-time employment. In Australia and New Zealand there have been attempts to discontinue the award-wage system to foster international competitiveness. In South Korea, companies have demanded more flexibility to make it easier to dismiss workers. There has also been much change in other countries, for example, moves towards deregulation in China, Indonesia and Taiwan.
This book considers human resource initiatives in the workplace and industrial relations reform from the perspectives of employers, managers, unions and academics, in particular in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan, and in the Asia-Pacific region generally.
Employment Relations in the Asia-Pacific is essential reading for practitioners and students of industrial relations and human resource management at graduate and undergraduate levels, and for specialists in international business and economics, trade unions, employer associations and government.
GREG J BAMBER is Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Management, Griffith University. FUNKOO PARK is President of the Korea Labor Institute. CHANGWON LEE is at the Presidential Committee for the Quality of Working Life. PETER K ROSS is Associate Lecturer in the School of International Business, Griffith University. KAYE BROADBENT is Associate Lecturer in the School of Industrial Relations, Griffith University. These editors have a great deal of international expertise in the field of employment relations.