ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 1, January-March, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
ISSUES OF LABOUR UNREST IN ASIA: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HOTSPOTS AND FLASHPOINTS
Surendra Pratap & Annavajhula J.C. Bose
 
ABSTRACT
The expansion of global production into the Asian countries has led to the rise of intense labour movements in recent times. The hotspots of the labour movements have been mainly Cambodia and Indonesia in Southeast Asia; Bangladesh, Pakistan and India in South Asia; China and Vietnam in the erstwhile socialist Asia; and South Korea in the advanced economies of Asia. This paper is a comparative study of the flashpoints of the labour movements in these hotspots. The study highlights that the issues concerning these rising labour movements are certainly not an indication of labour problem as the biggest threat to social stability. Instead, these are desperate expression of labour’s quest for a life of decency and dignity in the widespread context of neoliberal patterns of economic organisation and policy undercutting worker’s well-being with labour conditions returning to the level of brutality and exploitation that existed in the 19th and early 20th centuries when the industrial labourers were exploited by the double whammy of low wages and poor working conditions , without any labour right.
 
KEYWORD
Automobiles, demonstrations, electronics industry, factory occupation, formal sector, informal workers, justice, Labour movement, rail workers, strikes, textile and apparel industry.
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