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Employers and Unions

Clair Brown, Yoshifumi Nakata, Michael Reich and Lloyd Ulman

in Work and Pay in the United States and Japan

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115215.003.0005
Employers and Unions

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How the Japanese system of management–union relations has contributed to economic growth by fostering productivity growth in excess of real wage growth is explored in this chapter. Specifically, it examines the wage-determining behavior of large Japanese firms, the structure and objectives of trade unionism, and the bargaining power of Japanese enterprise unions. The chapter argues that the bargaining power of large firms in the private sector has contributed to these outcomes, as have the cooperative and security-conscious enterprise-based unions. Before discussing this, the chapter first presents how certain characteristics of wage performance in the economy at large tend to interact with the SET system of labor management within the enterprise.

Keywords: SET system; management–union relations; economic growth; wage-determining behavior; Japanese firms; trade unionism; enterprise unions

Chapter.  9573 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Business

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