Tag Archives: Wages

The Spirit Level (still in production)

Director: Katharine Round

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book The Spirit Level, this film shows why a more equal society is better for all of us, including the rich. Yet still this gap is at its highest level for 30 years. It’s time for action, and a documentary is the most powerful way we can raise awareness and mobilise people.





Waging A Living

Directed by Roger Weisberg, USA, 2005 (85 minutes)

Synopsis: Minimum wage workers struggle to make ends meet.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Working Class



Misery in the Borinage (MISÈRE AU BORINAGE) [1933]

25m; France

Synopsis: This is one of the first documentaries ever made that show the lives of coal miners and their families. This film is a social documentary describing the fate of some 15,000 miners in the Borinage, who in 1932 staged a strike in protest against the announcement by Belgian mine-owners of a 5% cut in wages. The film is still extremely moving and portrays men who were often treated worse than animals.


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My Second Brother (Nianchan) [1960]

101m; Japan

Director: Shôhei Imamura

Cast: Hiroyuki Nagato, Kayo Matsuo and Takeshi Okimura

Synopsis (IMDB): Set during Japan’s depression years in the 50s, Nianchan (read: My Second Brother) tells the story about a family of 4 orphans, who are forced by circumstances to fend for themselves. Being in a mining town where the mining company is beginning to right-size its operations, jobs are getting scarce, and wages are getting lower with frequent cuts. Sticking together trying to find a way out of the vicious circle is close to impossible, and they realize that they have a better chance at carving a living if they split up.


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Net Worth (1995)

120m; U.S.

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti

Cast: Aidan Devine, Kevin Conway and Robin Gammell

Synopsis (IMDB): The story of the NHL’s early years, focusing on the battle between the players, led by Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, and the owners, over issues of benefits, pensions and the like



Oblivion (2008)


Director: Heddy Honigman

Synopsis: Focuses on Peru’s capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers’ rights, and political corruption.

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Documentary, War, Working Class



Occupation (2002)

45m; U.S.

Director: Maple Razsa

Synopsis: Chronicles the 2001 Harvard living wage sit-in.

Contact: Pacho Velez 617-669-7832 I am planning on coming to a progressive Jewish student conference to build my list of possible campus showings around the country. But I’m afraid that I’m coming at very short notice (I’ll be in DC next weekend and probably for the monday and tuesday following). I’d love to do some other campus showings so we’re talking to people at American, Johns Hopkins and Loyola. If you have other ideas of possible showings during that period I’d be glad to present. I’d also love your advice on labor forums/festivals that would be receptive to Occupation. Thanks, Maple Razsa (617)852-6304 cel



On to Ottawa (1992)

Directed by Sara Diamond
Produced by the On to Ottawa Historical Societyand
The Women’s Labour
History Project 

RT: 53 minutes 46 seconds
© 1992 – NTSC / PAL

In 1935 thousands of unemployed men hopped frieght trains for Ottawa demanding work, wages and an end to the relief camps. On to Ottawa brings this historic event to the video medium.

It is based on the play written by Tom Hawken featuring his band, Trek participants Robert “Bobby” Jackson, Ray Wainwright and Jean Evans Sheils, daughter of Trek leader Arthur “Slim” Evans.

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The Pajama Game (1957)

101m; U.S.

Director: George Abbott, Stanley Donen

Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt and Carol Haney

Synopsis (IMDB): Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won’t take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions



Pensions: The Broken Promise (1972)

39m; U.S.

Director: NBC Television

Synopsis: Inadequacy of pension plans.