When Globalisation Hits Home…

From The Sunday Times on 16th September 2007

Everywhere in the United States (including Singapore- my own insertion), workers are being hurt by the migration of jobs to lower-cost countries. Paul Zach looks at how life has changed in Michigan after companies shifted their production abroad and workers found themselves jobless at close to retirement age.

NANETTE and Gerald Holden poured a combined 56 years worth of sweat and blood into working for one of the countless factories that fed Detroit’s ‘Big Three’ automakers – Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.

Now tears are almost all they have to show for it.

Just four days before Christmas last year, the plant they both worked at in Elsie, a town of about 1,000 people not far from Lansing, Michigan’s state capital, closed.

‘They pretty much just sat down and said we’re gone,’ said Mrs Holden. ‘It was devastating.’

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