The Navigators (film)
2001 British film directed by Ken Loach
The Navigators is a 2002 British film about the reactions of five Sheffield rail workers to the privatisation of the railway maintenance organization for which they all work and the consequences for them.
- The days of a job for life are gone.
- Anyone who stands in the way of change is out.
- [Upon being told to resign or be fired] Choice? What choice?
- Gerry: 'Elf' and Safety.
- Harpic: What do you mean, Health and Safety?
- Gerry: Health and Safety.
- Harpic: Yeah, well what about health and safety?
- Gerry: That clock—
- Harpic: Gerry.
- Gerry: —shouldn't be in here; this is our mess room.
- Harpic: But that clock is not a health and safety issue!
- [Gerry plays chess against himself after the workforce leaves.]
- Fiona: Ah. Who's winning?
- Gerry: Checkmate.
- Fiona: Checkmate? What's that mean?
- Gerry: Whatever move you make, you lose.
- Fiona: [chuckles] Story of my life.
- Imagine what happens when a new world economy changes the face of every job and the future of every worker; when it’s no longer enough just to be good at what you do.
It’s not the future, it’s now.
- The Navigators, finding their way... in the new world economy.
- Imagine you are no longer an asset. Imagine your contract is void. Big business has thrown out the rules. It’s not the future, it’s now.