University of Tokyo

Abstract
Survey Number 0107
Survey Title Survey on Labor Union Activities in the Globalized Era, 1993
Depositor Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
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Summary As economic ties among Asian countries have become stronger, the significance has increased of international cooperation among labor unions in the Asian region. This survey was extended to seven countries with which Japan has deep relationships (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines) to learn union leaders' understandings of the state and issues of the local labor movements. The survey thereby tried to clarify issues involved in international labor movements and to derive a future direction which Japanese unions should take in promoting international labor activities. The survey has two parts: a questionnaire for national centers or industrial labor organizations and a questionnaire for union leaders at the workplace level. In January 1993, JTUC-RIALS established a Committee for Studying Asia and Japan, and the current survey is a product of the research activities which the Committee has continued since then.
Universe Union leaders in East Asian countries
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size [National center and industrial union leaders]
50 for each country. A total of 115 responses: 1 from Hong Kong, none from Singapore, 12 from Taiwan, 9 from South Korea, 10 from Malaysia, 30 from Thailand, and 53 from the Philippines.
[Workplace leaders]
200 for each country. A total of 259 responses: 1 from Hong Kong, 36 from Singapore, 1 from Taiwan, 49 from South Korea, 7 from Malaysia, 103 from Thailand, and 62 from the Philippines.
Time Period October-December, 1993
Spatial Unit Seven NIEs/ASEAN countries (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines)
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection For each country, a package of questionnaires was sent to the leaders (or others of equivalent standing) of national centers. Questionnaires were collected by mail also via cooperation of the leaders.
Investigator JTUC (Rengo) Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) JTUC-RIALS (August 1994) Hatten suru Ajia to Nihon-Kiseki no seicho wo koete, Ajia karano hasshin (Developing Asia and Japan: Beyond Miraculous Growth-- A Message from Asia)
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo A][Chosa-hyo B]
Major Survey Items [Questionnaire A: for workplace union leaders]
1. Union profile: number of unionists; ratio of unionists in total work force; year of establishment; sphere of organization; number of officials; ratio of membership due in average wage; method of collecting membership dues.
2. Workplace profile: number of employees; average age, average seniority; industry; management form; ratio of foreign capital and foreign investors; year of establishment; for domestic or foreign market.
3. Industrial relations: labor agreements; frequency of collective bargaining; forums for talk outside collective bargaining; availability of a grievance committee; management willingness for industrial talks; labor-management communication problems.
4. Union activities: movement issues emphasized; organizational problems; methods of solving labor-management problems; international activities.
5. Union activities in general: conditions for reinforcement and preparation; international activities to be emphasized in the future.
6. Workplace security and hygiene: workplace security/hygiene environment; efforts for improvement; anti-pollution measures.
7. Images of foreign companies: advantages of foreign companies; exchange between R's union and unions in the foreign countries.
8. National socio-economic policies.

[Questionnaire B: for leaders at national centers and industrial organizations]
1. Union activities: affiliation; industries organized; number of unionists; number of officials and ratio of full-time officials; year of establishment; movement issues emphasized; organizational problems; methods of solving labor-management problems at affiliated unions; conditions for reinforcement and preparation of entire union activities; international activities to be emphasized in the future; what Japanese unions should emphasize.
2. Images of foreign companies: advantages of foreign companies.
3. National socio-economic policies.
Date of Release 2000/02/09
Version Registered on February 9, 2000
Topics Employment/Labor
InternationalComparison/Diplomacy
Notes for Users Data Sets are written in Japanese.