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Industrial Relations in Japan : The Peripheral Sector - Norma Chalmers

Industrial Relations in Japan

The Peripheral Sector

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Published: 4th May 1989
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The conventional picture of industry and industrial relations in Japan is of a number of very large firms providing extremely attractive working conditions for their happy and contented workforce. Norma Chalmers shows that there is in fact another, very different side to the picture, which occurs in the the peripheral sector. Here, conditions are often poor, wages very low and continuity of employment virtually non-existent. There are many small firms where the effectiveness of worker organisation and bargaining declines as the firm's size and proximity to the industrial centre decrease. Moreover, as Chalmers shows, the peripheral sector is very large, and the conventional picture of the model workforce should probably be confined to a few flagship companies. The book argues that the model nature of the large firms may stem in part from the fact that they are able to off-load problems onto smaller firms who produce the components necessary for the large firm sector at disadvantageous subcontract terms.

Introduction
Perspectives of Industrial Relations in Japan: in Search of the Peripheral Workforce
Japan's Peripheral Workers: A Profile of the Small and Medium Sector
Japan's Peripheral Workers: A Profile of Non-Regular Labour
Japan's Sub-Contract Workers and Contract Labour
Case Studies
Japan's Peripheral Workers
Communication and Conflict
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ISBN: 9780415000086
ISBN-10: 0415000084
Series: Methuen New Theatrescript
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 4th May 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1