Kino Eye: Unionisation films

Submitted by AWL on 19 January, 2021 - 5:51 Author: John Cunningham
Norma Rae

Great news that Google workers are unionising. Despite its long history, the theme of unionisation has not been so well-served by the film industry. Honourable exceptions include the British film Comrades (Bill Douglas, 1986), which shows an early attempt at organising a benefit society (an embryo union) at Tolpuddle, Dorset in 1834; Norma Rae (Martin Ritt, 1979) set in the Deep South of the USA, where a young woman enlists in a unionisation drive in a textile mill and eventually becomes its inspirational leading force; and The Killing Floor (Bill Duke, 1984), a tale of migrant black workers from the south who toil in the terrible conditions of the slaughterhouses of Chicago’s stockyards. All are well worth seeing but Killing Floor is unavailable on DVD.

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