The Global Assembly Line
An analysis of the movie “Global Assembly Line” by Lorraine Gray.
This movie explores the effects of globalization on the lives of both U.S. workers and the newly formed workforces in third world countries such as Mexico and the Philippines. It is compared to other movies which deal with unfair labor conditions – William Adler’s Mollie’s Job and The Work of Nations.
The film illustrates the issues faced through stories of the destruction of a local community by a Barbie Doll factory in the Philippines; secret meetings of Filipino women trying to form a union; and a hunger strike by Mexican workers. The film pulls no punches and exposes the abuse of human and labor rights by showing military and police intervention used in situations where workers, in many different parts around the world, are organizing to fight the multinationals by attempting to unionize.
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