“Collective Labor Rights and Labor Market Flexibility in East Asia ” with Teri Caraway


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Democracy & Human Rights Seminar

When: Mar 19 2008 (All day)
Where: EWC in Washington Conference Room— 2:30 to 4:00 P.M.

What is the state of collective labor rights and labor market flexibility in East Asia today? Although new labor laws have provided stronger guarantees for the collective rights of workers in some countries in the region, labor regulations in most countries fall far short of international labor standards. The region also lags behind the rest of the world in its formal commitment to core labor standards (CLS). Labor market flexibility as codified in labor laws in the region is close to the world average and is not increasing. Contrary to world trends, labor law reforms in the region have seldom introduced greater labor market flexibility; in fact, some countries have passed legislation that diminished labor market flexibility. The weak enforcement of labor laws in most countries in the region, however, has a dramatic effect on both collective labor rights and labor market flexibility.Collective labor rights are often far worse, and labor market flexibility much higher, than stipulated in national labor laws.

Dr. Teri L. Caraway is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her research focuses on gender and comparative politics and comparative labor politics. Her work has appeared in Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Politics & Gender, and The Review of International Political Economy. Her book entitled Assembling Women: The Feminization of Global Manufacturing was published by Cornell University Press in 2007.

This event is open to the public. Please contact Alison Hazell at [email protected] to RSVP.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Alison Hazell
Phone: 202.327.9752