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Unions and Globalization - Labor Beat, Thurs. 9:30pm

"One World - But Which One?" A documentary by ICEM that asks “What is globalization doing to workers? What are unions doing about globalization?”
ONE WORLD BUT WHICH ONE?
A new documentary produced by ICEM
(International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Union)

Labor Beat
CAN-TV, Channel 19, Chicago
Thursday, 9:30 pm, Jan. 11
Friday, 4:30 pm, Jan. 12
Thursday, 9:30 pm, Jan. 18
Friday, 4:30 pm, Jan. 19

Program notes by Larry Duncan:

During the recent LaborTECH conference in Madison, Labor Beat met Ian Graham, the producer of this documentary “One World - But Which One?”. He was kind enough to let us present it on Labor Beat. Ian produced the piece for his union, ICEM (International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Union), based in Brussels. Viewers will note its high production values, and a very articulate presentation of the many negative aspects of globalization, and how it impacts workers in the industries ICEM represents. The video asks: “What is globalization doing to workers? What are unions doing about globalization?” The second question is more or less accurately answered. However, the documentary does not critically examine how international unions today approach this problem, and how could it, being produced by the ICEM? Here, however, is an tack reminiscent of the AFL-CIO’s slogan during the WTO protest in Seattle in 1999: "Make the WTO Work For Working People." The plan being to transform the corporate free trade agenda into an acceptable fair trade agenda. We see here in the ICEM’s approach an adaptation to globalization with a human face being promoted by a wing of the anti-WTO movement. Although “One World - But Which One?” has lots to say about bad international companies, its underlying theme is that the ICEM is earnestly seeking “Mr. GoodBoss” in a world where capitalism has yet room to develop a ‘social dimension’. That goal, of course, is futile, as profits are sought more and more in speculation and invested less and less in fixed capital formation. Global capitalism now enters a nasty, senile phase, which it cannot alter. All this being said, we fee that it is worthwhile showing Chicago viewers this documentary, which has other redeeming features.
 
 

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