This book offers wide-ranging insights into the organising capacities of workers in Asia today. Nine case-studies examine workers' responses to class relations through independent unions, non-government organisations (NGOs) and more (dis)organised struggles. Countering the notion that globalisation holds entirely negative consequences for labour organisation, the authors reveal some of the openings for local activism which can arise from transnational production arrangements.
The volume covers the "second-tier" industrializers - China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Bangladesh. Interdisciplinary in nature, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Asian studies, development studies and international labour studies.
Table of Contents
1. Organising labour in globalising Asia: an introduction Jane Hutchinson and Andrew Brown 2. The rise of Bangladesh Independent Garment Workers' Union Marilyn Rock 3. Assembling class in a Chinese joint venture factory Sally Sargeson 4. Export opportunities: unions in the Philippine garments industry Jane Hutchinson 5. Labour and work organisation in Malaysia's Proton Rajah Rasiah 6. New organising vehicles in Indonesia: origins and prospects Vedi R. Hadiz 7. After the Kader fire: labour organising for Health and Safety Standards in Thailand Andrew Brown 8. Labour and the remaking of Bombay Stephen Sherlock 9. Sangharsh: workers' interventions in the privatisation of Indian telecommunications Trish Cahill 10. Class and national identity: the case of the Filipino migrant workers Michael Pinches
'This book is an extremely useful addition to the literature on Asian labour, extending the discussion beyond unions and including studies on labour from countries less well covered in previous collections.' - Labour and Industry