Posts Tagged ‘globalization’

Globalization, Contractual Employment, and the Decline of Labor Unions — Comment

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Globalization, Contractual Employment, and the Decline of Labor Unions by Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero is another valuable contribution to FTL.  Understanding the problems faced by labor unions in the developing world is essential to developing international labor solidarity.

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CIVIC REVOLUTION: Securing Human Rights and Responsibilities in the USA — Comment

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The USA, along with the rest of world, is facing a series of daunting economic, social, and environmental crises.  Only a civic revolution based on the recognition of human rights and responsibilities offers the possibility of a sustainable and democratic future for the nation and the world.

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Shell’s “Job Migration”: Program: Exacerbating the Economic Crisis

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Royal Dutch Shell’s program to slash 5,000 jobs by the end of 2009, many of them at its US headquarters in Houston, Texas, is the latest example of the impact of neoliberal globalization on working people.  Dubbed a “job migration” by Shell, the program will transfer many good-paying corporate white-collar jobs to “shared service centers” in India and the Philippines.

The history of Shell in the USA follows the corporate strategy of what we have called a war of attrition against US labor.  Shell moved its US headquarters from New York City to Houston in 1970 at the height of the runaway shop movement in order to exploit cheaper white-collar labor in the US South and is now jumping on the bandwagon of offshoring to the Far East for the same purpose — to increase profitability.

The rationale that Shell offers is that they must “get leaner to compete”, but their latest labor program, dubbed, Transition 2009, though good for the company’s bottom line, exacerbates the economic crisis in the US — every job lost reduces the demand for goods and services and undermines the position of working people even more.  This pervasive practice of offshoring is another neoliberal initiative that is as short-sighted as the runaway shop program was.

Until sustainable economic policies replace the opportunistic schemes of neoliberal globalization — the position of working people across the nation will continue to deteriorate.  We have listed specific policy changes for meeting the present crisis in the Fighting Back section of “The Fight of Our Lives”.

Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia — Comment

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Hans Bennett’s Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia adds an international dimension to From the Left.  Bennett’s review of Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia by Jasmin Hristov provides the background necessary to understand how neoliberal globalization has shaped the political landscape of Colombia.

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The Socialist Alternative — Comment

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

With the decline and fall of the Soviet Union in the late 20th century, the wardens of corporate power proclaimed that there was no longer any alternative to living under the dictatorship of world capitalism administered by liberal democratic states and their proxy international organizations.

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Free Trade Labor — Comment

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The impact of NAFTA on income equality across North America offers a good starting point for understanding the consequences of free trade labor on working people.

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A Close Look at the Far End of a Global Supply Chain

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We must develop global vision if we are to comprehend the phenomenon of globalization that is stressing and straining the people and resources of the world.

This means that we must learn to look at events happening on the other side of the world and understand how they impact our own lives and fortunes.

The National Labor Committee offers us multiple  opportunities to do exactly that.  Their latest  offering, High Tech Misery in China, is a 60-page report  that takes a uncompromising look at the Meitai factory in Southern China.  The text of the report is highlighted by worker interviews, photographs of primitive dorm and factory conditions, and revealing internal company documents. 

Meitai produces computer keyboards and other peripherals for Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, and IBM by mercilessly exploiting the labor of 2,000 mostly young women workers.

High Tech Misery details the low wages, long hours, and poor working and living conditions that these women must endure.  The report also reveals that Meitai is not some isolated sweatshop but a typical company in China.

High Tech Misery offers a clear view of the other end of one of the supply chains that have been developed by transnational capitalism.  It is easy to see the implications of globalization in this report–offshoring jobs boosts the bottom line of corporations at the expense of workers at home and abroad.

High Tech Misery is hard to look at but it must be done–the worldview needed to combat globalization can only be developed through full exposure to its consequences.

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The NCL website offers numerous excellent reports and the opportunity to get involved and support their work.  Check it out.

Bailed-out Banks Onshoring Foreign Labor

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

In Combating Globalization we caution that transnational capital will turn to increasing globalization as part of their strategy for economic recovery and thereby undercut the working people of North America even further.

This is exactly what is happening in the financial sector of the US economy.

In the past six years the dozen US banks receiving the biggest rescue packages have requested visas for more than 21,800 foreign workers .

In the last three months of 2008, these same banks announced more than 100,000  layoffs.

Allowing these banks to replace US workers with foreign workers will contribute to the attrition of working people in the US and reinforce the trend of growing inequality in the nation.

The time to formulate an aggressive strategy for combating globalization is now.

The Fight of Our Lives — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

“We are in the fight of our lives.  The hostile onslaught against U.S. labor that was launched after the Second World War and…”

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How Globalization Works — Comment

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) — A Case Study

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