Cart is a movie I won’t show to omma because it will induce a long story-telling with bits of labor law lessons she gained from being a Union officer and a National Women’s Rights organization member. I have a vague memory of going to those labor strikes they did when I was young, but it was not as oppressing as what was depicted in the movie.
Cart tells about the painstaking battle of a supermarket laborers’ union who were illegally dismissed by the company they have worked hard to serve with while the main characters dealt with their own family problems.
Barely making the ends meet, Sun Hee, a model and seasoned employee of a supermarket was set to have her permanent employment status but an unjust corporate decision notifying the workers of an abrupt mass lay-off pushed her and the rest of the girls to fight for their employment rights.
After staging a series of protest, some of the employees were lured to get back on their job but the leaders of the union opted for all to claim what they deserved. The company retaliated with abusive measures to stop their rallies and has caused one of the leaders (Hye-Mi) of the group’s son to be hospitalized after the police’ dispersal operation. Hye Mi, was left no choice but to halt in supporting the cause and go back to work.
In their last attempt to cry out their pleas after the main male leader was imprisoned, the Union and the police engaged in an agonizing encounter that drove the laborers outside the supermarket promise while the police maintained their stance and powerfully spraying water all over the union workers. The employees who left the union and were working back at the supermarket left their posts and joined their fellow sisters to fight with the police.
So far based on the situations I accumulated from watching Korean dramas and films, the employment problems in Korea is a pressing concern and contract workers normally gets the unfairness of it. The closing credits also indicated that the workers were reinstated to their jobs.
It is a movie that encourages social awareness to the rights that we have as employees that we sometimes overlook because big companies have a way of bending rules and most of the time would always choose profit over people.
Cart is not a weekend movie you can enjoy after a week-long stress filled work, though thought-provoking and emotionally written, I think it will be more appropriate for students to watch for them to get a glimpse of the real world.