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    Taiwan, South Korea, and Issues of Labor Relations and Employment

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    In five pages Taiwan and South Korea are examined in a consideration of the employment and labor relations' practices of each. Eleven sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    slightly different aspects of employment and labor relations which have led to the satisfaction or dissatisfaction of their employees. In South Korea, labor struggles exist between the state, the family  run conglomerates called chaebols and the labor unions. Although South Korea provides competitive employee packages, the conflict between the three groups has led to a recent general strike and relations  were further inflamed in 1996 when the government passed legislation which would allow more strength on the behalf of the employers not the workers. Taiwan, on the other hand also  has family run businesses and labor unions but the states participation is a large aspect of their employment relations and industrial success. Because of this cooperation between the three groups  within the employment sector, the workers in Taiwan are provided with education, health and social services as well as enjoying some of the most competitive salaries and benefits in Asia  and employment relations remain positive. Since the 1980s and the slow progress towards democratic policies and practices, South Korea and Taiwan have increased  their dependence on foreign labor and changed the human resource management practices within their own labor force as well. In South Korea, the state has played a large part in  installing new labor initiatives but within South Korea there are still a great many family run conglomerates, called chaebols which initiated the industrialization process in the country and continue to  play a dominant role in labor relations (Bamber, 2002). In addition, the labor unions within the country also have increased in their strength and largely there are still many struggles  which exist between the chaebol, state and the labor unions. This conflict was heightened somewhat when the Kim Young-Sam government changed the Trade Union Act to strengthen the role of 

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