Globalization And Labor Rights : Towards Global Solidarity Essay

759 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Jackie Smiths speech titled, “Economic Globalization and Labor Rights: Towards Global Solidarity” is a speech that is centered among the effects that globalization have had on both workers and unions. The speech has three main arguments imbedded throughout. The first argument is that “economic globalization has essentially enabled markets rather than people to determine how the world’s resources will be used and distributed (874).” The second argument is that “the policies of global economic institutions encourage (and in many cases coerce) countries of the global South to open their markets to trade and investment while promoting export industries (875).” And the third main argument is as followed, “the technologies that facilitate global economic exchange also aid transnational organizing around alternatives to market-led globalization (877).” “Economic globalization has essentially enabled markets rather than people to determine how the world’s resources will be used and distributed (874),” is an argument presented by Smith. I find this argument to be compelling because it brings to light the weak relationship present between social and political relationships. Globalization itself is the “increased integration of national economies, political systems, and societies (873),” therefore tensions arise between both workers and trade unions. Successful companies achieve more success through globalization while workers can end up with the short end of the stick. The idea…

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