The Seattle Syndrome (2000)

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The seventh programme in a thirty part series which tackles complex issues of globalisation and growing inequality. Reports from the sweatshops of the Philippines, where women are exploited by contractors making big-name clothing and trainers for the Western market, whilst in America, protesters in Seattle and Washington - an alliance of liberals and protectionists - wage their own fight against poor wages and exploitative working conditions and argue for more restrictions on trade. Many factory workers in the Philippines want an improvement in their working conditions and rates of pay, but are scared of losing their jobs if they protest too loudly. Their livelihoods depend on the factories staying open, guaranteed by factory bosses winning contracts from abroad by turning out goods at the lowest possible cost. Contributors include: Naomi Klein, Francis Fukuyama, James Wolfensohn, and Robert Reich.

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