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Title: Shifting Global Production Systems, Labour Market Flexibility and the new Precariat in Southeast Asia
Contributor(s): Kaur, Amarjit  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18973
Open Access Link: http://www.royalsoc.org.au/generator/assets/journal/RSNSW_148-2_Kaur.pdfOpen Access Link
Abstract: Researchers writing on the subject of technological automation, job substitution and the rights of low-waged migrant workers in Southeast Asia have linked the continuing exploitation of these workers to labour market flexibility and workers' declining share of national income. Moreover, the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has also resulted in reduced labour protections, vanishing labour contracts, inadequate social security provisions and workers' recruitment via outsourcing arrangements. In contrast, the migration governance schemes for foreign skilled workers have facilitated these workers' freer movement through the establishment of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) of professional services. This paper examines ASEAN's shifting economic policies as a reaction to the opening up of China and diminishing investment by multinational corporations in the region. It then reviews ASEAN's strategy to develop industrial clusters through growth triangles, ASEAN and the AEC. This strategy has led to an expansion of skilled and low-skilled labour migration in the region, consistent with the reform program developed following the Asian Economic Crisis of 1997-8. Generally, the future of work for low-skilled, low-waged workers has not changed, reflecting the workers' economic polarisation in society.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 148(457 & 458), p. 143-153
Publisher: Royal Society of New South Wales
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0035-9173
Field of Research (FOR): 160512 Social Policy
160510 Public Policy
160505 Economic Development Policy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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