Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life
Listened to this on my way to and from work today. I reccomend listening to it if you have an hour to spare. This guy interviewed a bunch of workers outside of Foxconn and also posed as an American buisnessman in order to gain access into Foxconn and other factories in the area. Foxconn is a company in China that employs like 450,000 workers and assembles electronics for a lot of companies including, Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Amazon, Dell, HP, Nintendo, Microsoft, and many more. They had nets surrounding the buildings at Foxconn b/c many workers were jumping off the building and killing themselves. He met a number of 12-14 year olds working there. People were working on average 14-16hr days. One guy died while he was there b/c he just finshed a 34 hour shift. No one can talk at all on the lines or they are reprimanded. Many people were being exposed to neurotoxins, other people had their joints disentegrate because they were doing the same motion everyday and never switching tasks. People were being fired for reporting working conditions to the groups that were supposed to protect the workers. The workers were living in dorms at Foxconn which were 12x12 ft cement rooms with around 12 beds in each room. I never thought the working conditions were great in china, but I never realized they were that bad before listening to this. Maybe some of you were already aware of this, but I was pretty shocked. Now am I going to stop using or sell my phone, computer, kindle, tv and xbox 360? Most likely not, but it is pretty depressing and eye opening to know what other people have to go through so we can be entertained and connected.