TITLE

Transnational Corporations and Unions in Asia

AUTHOR(S)
Kowalewski, David
PUB. DATE
January 1987
SOURCE
Labor Studies Journal;Winter87, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p258
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the connection between transnational corporations (TNC) and union weakness in Third World Asia. The impact of transnational corporations (TNCs) on unionization in the Third World has become a matter of growing concern. Some evidence suggests that effective unionization of TNC workers is the exception rather than the rule. One statistical study of Latin American countries found a negative correlation between foreign investment and unionization; the greater the TNC penetration of Latin American economies, the weaker their unions. Because control of the world's media lies largely with industrialized countries, whose priorities are those of their home nations, coverage of Third World issues remains marginal except in times of crisis. The same can be said of national and international governmental agencies. TNC laborers, for their part, are faced with serious obstacles in publicizing their plight. Many live under benevolent and not so a benevolent dictatorship known for repression of workers and censorship of information about their situation. A higher illiteracy rate and fewer resources also distinguish the ability of Third World laborers to announce their grievances internationally from their counterparts in highly developed economies.
ACCESSION #
6121039

 

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