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Union–member relations and satisfaction with unions in South Korea

Frenkel, Stephen and Kuruvilla, Sarosh (2002) Union–member relations and satisfaction with unions in South Korea. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 37 (4). pp. 559-575. ISSN 0007-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-8543.00142


This paper uses a large sample of South Korean union members working in different industries and occupations to test a model of union satisfaction. The results suggest that union–member relations — member representation and union leader effectiveness — are more important than the economic results that unions provide to members. These findings are in line with our general argument that, where unions rely on decentralized collective bargaining as the prime method of employment regulation, they depend heavily on internal union relations for their effectiveness. We contend that, if unions are to limit the decline in their influence, assessing and changing internal union relations should be a priority.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 15:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:06

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